Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York City

One need never leave the confines of New York, North Cove, Battery Park, New York
“One need never leave the confines of New York”
North Cove, Battery Park
New York, September 2007

“One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes—I can't even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there's a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life”
From “Meditations in an Emergency” by Frank O'Hara


Jacob said...

That's a funny comment, if also completely off the wall. What a dork! And prejudiced? You betcha!

Why, we out here in the boonies, surrounded by woods and trees, birds and bees, and all the other glories of nature, like snakes and gators ... we do not regret life, we revel in it.

And some of us will never see New York City. Except in your photos!



cieldequimper said...

Strange words. Some people are city folks to the hilt (I know people who say there is no life outside of Paris...

Vogon Poet said...

I found it funny that these words were on the railings facing Jersey City, like a warning...
I discovered by chance that this was a quotation from a much longer work by a poet I didn't know.
And even here, in the cramped and messy Livorno, there are people who think that the rest of the world is a bluff.

tapirgal said...

I found this hilarious. It could be taken seriously, or it could be ironic. It's interesting that it came from a poem. I actually like the poem, as it says something meaningful about the person and a type of mentality. This is really something. It's art, with the ambiguity that some of the best art embodies. A nice find, and a nice monochromatic scheme.

tapirgal said...

The word "confines" is so interesting here, too, as the poet goes on to relate that he does not feel confined in NYC. Again, an elevation to art.

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