In essence O'Hara is proposing that poems are a medium between two people. They are not just words. Whitman shared this idea that poetry could be something physical, a connective device between the reader and writer. Poetry then can unite people. O'Hara's work, though, has a certain flippancy or ironic detachment. How, for instance, can you have a "manifesto" for organic, spontaneous writing?
"Only Whitman and Crane and Williams, of the American poets, are better than the movies."—Frank O'Hara
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