Fall 1992 • Vol. XIV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1992 |

Homage to Frank O’Hara

I wake up too early, read for a while. Thich Nhat Hanh says not to mind having one's spiritual quest interrupted by one's life but just to be mindful and not get impatient if someone is talking to you. (No one is talking to me. It's 5 A.M.) The notion that sleeping is something natural, says Marcel Mauss, is completely inexact. I read this in an essay connecting ethnography to surrealism where it is meant to be outrageous but to me it's merely accurate. I stopped sleeping naturally in Paris when I was six. The essay is set in Paris. In Paris in the early twenties there were manifestos and movements, mostly of men. At one famous banquet "Philippe Soupault swings from a chandelier, kicking over bottles and                         glasses" which is intellectual history for you if you tell the story often enough. In Paris I couldn't sleep didn't like the water gagged on garbage day. Thich Nhat Hanh says we should stay where we are not be i

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