Viktor Shklovsky and Vladimir Mayakovsky
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Poet Claude McKay and Max Eastman, editor of the Liberator in attendance at the Fourth Congress of the Third International at Moscow, 1923
it is good that there are so many kinds of us
so death can choose
and even perhaps prefer
he who casts the first shadow of the day
on those who are trying to live till dark
Frank, O’Hara, “[On the Vast Highway]”
Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.
Frank O’Hara, “Mayakovsky”
Only the artist who is close to his own life gives us an art that is like death.
Morton Feldman, on Frank O’Hara
As for measure and other technical apparatus, that’s just common sense: if you’re going to buy a pair of pants you want them to be tight enough so everyone will want to go to bed with you. There is nothing metaphysical about it.
Frank O’Hara, Personism: A Manifesto