Frank O´Hara reading his poem “Having a coke with you” in his flat in New York in 1966, shortly before his accidental death. Taken from - “USA: Poetry: Frank…
It is hard to believe that anything could please me more today than listening to Frank O’Hara reading “Having a coke with you”
(Oh, and you get to see him too - it’s a video.)
Guest Dad submission from Jim Rowell
by Sharanya Manivannan
Filter coffee under a flowering tree
on the street on which he still lives,
in a blue art deco house in which
there must exist a scintilla of me
as something other than only
the great loss of his life.
The summer spreads her fingers
beyond the octave of sweetness.
There is a cut in my svadishtana
chakra from my last lover,
the one who was too afraid
to kiss me sober or to be
unlike any other.
Early in the mornings I feed the crows
steamed rice and mustard seeds
and when I walk at all it is under
canopies of raining leaves,
into arenas of unswept blossoms.
Life is simple on these days
that slake the singe of the rest.
Like clay I have cooled to a
more tolerant temperament,
like the wasp I build alone,
telling myself that I am not
Sharanya Manivannan is the author of a book of poems, Witchcraft. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in Hobart, Wasafiri, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, Killing The Buddha and elsewhere.She has received an Elle Fiction Award and a Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship,and been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in India.
“Maybe, sometimes, ‘Wish You Were Here’ is actually enough.”
Some months ago I wrote a short essay for Frieze documenting some of the most despicable and unsuccessful politicians currently on TV. You can read the essay in full here. I have copy-pasted a teaser below.
It seems no one takes representative democracy seriously any more. Elected politicians are seen either as unscrupulous, opportunist cheats or as ignorant imbeciles, while parliaments are taken to be lobbyists’ whorehouses. This dissatisfaction is particularly visible in a spate of current television dramas, where the worst human beings make the most successful politicians, idealism is a bad career move, and nothing ever gets done that will change the electorate’s life for the better. With the recent return of HBO’s political satire Veep (2012–ongoing) to the small screen for a fourth season, it seems a pertinent moment to take a look at some of the most odious political characters on TV today.
Few small-screen politicians are, or have ever been, as cynical and self-serving as Frank Underwood in House of Cards (2013–ongoing), a contemporary American reimagining of the 1990 BBC series set at the end of the Thatcher era. Underwood – played by Kevin Spacey – murders his opponents, manipulates and undermines his colleagues and friends, and plans political manoeuvres exclusively for his own advancement. In one particularly painful scene, he sacrifices a friendship of over 20 years (his only true friendship, in fact) to save his political career. Most appallingly, Underwood’s tactics pay off: over the course of two seasons he crosses the road from the House of Representatives to the White House and into the Oval Office. House of Cards presents politics as a game that is won by the most cunning politician. The worst hand of cards you can be dealt includes idealism, empathy and moral principles.