The only pleasant thing that’s happened to me since you left is that I read Paul Goodman’s current manifesto in Kenyon Review and if you haven’t devoured its delicious message rush to your nearest newsstand! It is really lucid about what’s bothering us both besides sex, and it’s so heartwarming to know that someone understands these things, especially that it is him and not someone of the Other Camp, the International Farts for the Reestablishment of Woodcuts in Cairo…; he is really the only one we have to look to now that Gide is dead, and just knowing that he is in the same city may give me the power to hurt myself into poetry. Or it may give it to someone else! help. Anyhow, I wish you would do his portrait so that if he doesn’t like me personally we can at least some day hang in the same gallery.
—Letter from Frank O’Hara to the painter Jane Freilicher, (1951) on display at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, as part of the exhibit “Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets.” For more on Freilicher and her poet friends, see “Explicit As a Star” by Jenni Quilter at Poetry.
Man, people really love Paul Goodman.