Nine years ago yesterday, July 19, the Jon Hamm powerhouse show “Mad Men” premiered its first season. Last summer, the series wrapped and throughout the seven seasons, the show’s creator Matthew Weiner often touched on how poet Frank O’Hara’s work influenced how he handled the series. The influence proved so profound that Weiner collaborated with Audible Studios on an audiobook version of perhaps O’Hara’s most famous collection, “Lunch Poems.”
Check out a poem from the audiobook below — “Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!)” — about the famous 1950s actress. The original Frank O’Hara book hit its 50th anniversary back in 2014. The back cover reads: “Often this poet, strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon, has paused at a sample Olivetti to type up thirty or forty lines of ruminations, or pondering more deeply has withdrawn to a darkened ware- or firehouse to limn his computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life, coexistence, and depth, while never forgetting to eat lunch, his favorite meal.”
To download the full audiobook, head to audible.com/lunchpoems.