Frank O’Hara calls the Poetry Crisis Line

Mothers of America
please don’t let your kids go to the movies,
not just yet.

From “Ave Maria” by Frank O’Hara

GERT (COUNSELOR): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
FRANK O’HARA (CALLER): Mothers of America
GERT: So we’re going full Freudian, then? What do you want the mothers of America to do?
FRANK: Let your kids go to the movies!
GERT: Not until there’s a vaccine. Sorry.

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