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by Frank O’Hara (1926-1966)

 Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious as if I were French? 

          Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous (and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list!), but one of these days there’ll be nothing left with which to venture forth. 

          Why should I share you? Why don’t you get rid of someone else for a change? 

          I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love. 

          Even trees understand me! Good heavens, I lie under them, too, don’t I? I’m just like a pile of leaves.  

Read the rest of the poem at

“Meditations in an Emergency” is found in Frank O’Hara’s 1957 poetry collection of the same name. The 52-page book, reissued by Grove Press in 1996, is available at

Photo: MAD MEN’Don Draper (Jon Hamm) peruses a copy of MEDITATIONS IN AN EMERGENCY during Season 2 of the series.


Yesterday, I posted a variety of photos that depicted people posing with their Ford Fairlanes — and mentioned how many vintage snapshots I’d run across that displayed a similar scenario. The above shot was taken from an ad for a 1962 Ford Fairlane — sort of a real-life Mad Men moment. While Don Draper — lead character in Mad Men, for people who don’t follow the show (but try to catch it!) — is based on legendary ad man Draper Daniels, I’m going to include a quote below from another advertising icon.

“The creative process requires more than reason. Most original thinking isn’t even verbal. It requires ‘a groping experimentation with ideas, governed by intuitive hunches and inspired by the unconscious.’ The majority of business men are incapable of original thinking because they are unable to escape from the tyranny of reason. Their imaginations are blocked.”  …from Confessions of an Advertising Man by DAVID OGILVY