Wednesday, 27 August 2008
The Power of Television
The new series of that wondrous TV drama Mad Men began in the US the other week. In an early scene, Don Draper notices a man in a bar is reading Frank O'Hara's Meditations In An Emergency. Result: the book instantly soars to 2,761 on Amazon (for poetry, that's soaring) before selling out completely. Time for a reprint surely. After all, it contains the great poem To The Harbourmaster. If that became popular at funerals, it would raise the standard of funerary readings considerably.