'suddenly I see a headline'

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Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)
by Frank O'Hara

Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)

Lana Turner has collapsed! 
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline 
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up

by Frank O'Hara

’Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)' by Frank O'Hara from 'Lunch Poems: Pocket Poets Number 19'. (City Lights Publishers 2014).


Poem as Friend to Harry

Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)by Frank O'Hara

In this episode of our podcast, you will hear Harry talking about the poem that has been a friend to him: ’Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)' by Frank O'Hara.

Harry visited The Poetry Exchange at John Rylands Library in May 2016. We’re very grateful to John Rylands Library for hosting The Poetry Exchange. Thank you also to City Lights Publishers for kindly granting permission for us to use this poem. Do visit them both for further inspiration:


Harry is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team members, Jacqueline Kington and Michael Schaeffer.


’Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed)' is read by Michael Schaeffer and Jacqueline Kington.


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