What is “Meditations in an Emergency”

About a year ago, I had the idea to write a short essay each morning on something I found beautiful. It would be in a style reminiscent of the poet Frank O’Hara, who wrote poetry on his lunch break, hence his 1964 book Lunch Poems.

I forgot the idea a few minutes later.

In March, a week into quarantine, I remembered it again and decided it would be a nice thing to try. The title, “Meditations in an Emergency,” is actually borrowed from a Frank O’Hara poem. It seemed a good fit.

Don’t expect much

One short thing most weekends. With a picture.

About me

My next book, "Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles," is forthcoming from MCD x FSG (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) in 2021. Pre-order it from your local store or Bookshop. For everything else, or to send me a note, try rosecransbaldwin.com.