Monday, July 28, 2008
"The catastrophe of my personality"
Not only does Mad Men showcase some of the finest television writing ever to air, it quotes utterly beautiful poetry:
"Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.
The country is grey and
brown and white in trees,
snows and skies of laughter
always diminishing, less funny
not just darker, not just grey.
It may be the coldest day of
the year, what does he think of
that? I mean, what do I? And if I do,
perhaps I am myself again."
- Excerpt from Frank O'Hara's poem Mayakovsky.
And, for good measure, another O'Hara poem not featured on the show, but just as succulent:
"Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth
It's no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners
The whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn't need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water
I wouldn't want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days."