The Outsider

"The Day Lady Died" also has a "coded queerness," as Whitman's poems do.

Ginsberg would call O'Hara's style "gay talk." A feeling of campiness, maybe—a certain diva—like tone in the descriptions of his activities. However, there is also strong identification with the outsider here, that might hint at O'Hara's own stance as outsider.

The only real connection he has with another in this poem is with a woman—a black woman—a heroin addict. It's similar to Whitman's identification with the lonely voyeuristic female in the Swimmers passage of "Song of Myself." There is also a Whitmanesque union at the end of the poem— between a white man and a black woman, between the singer and his audience, between the living and the dead.

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