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December 25, 2006

Christmas Card to Grace Hartigan — by Frank O'Hara

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There's no holly, but there is
the glass and granite towers
and the white stone lions
and the pale violet clouds. And
the great tree of balls in
Rockefeller Plaza is public.

Christmas is green and general
like all great works of the
imagination, swelling from minute
private sentiments in the desert,
a wreath around our intimacy
like children's voices in a park.

For red there is our blood
which, like your smile, must be
protected from spilling into
generality by secret meanings,
the lipstick of life hidden
in a handbag against violations.

Christmas is the time of cold air
and loud parties and big expense,
but in our hearts flames flicker
answeringly, as on old-fashioned
trees. I would rather the house
burn down than our flames go out.
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Left to right above: Frank O'Hara,
Larry Rivers and Grace Hartigan
at the Five Spot in NYC in 1957
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I happened upon your blog last week while googling reviews of Freeplay's Weza. After poking around a bit, I added Book of Joe to my list of regular reads. Thanks for eclectic, interesting reading and best wishes for the holiday season and the coming year.

Posted by: MindSpin | Dec 25, 2006 11:57:23 AM

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