Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has long credited Frank O’Hara’s poetry as a major inspiration for the series, so in honor of the AMC hit’s ninth anniversary, EW is exclusively revealing a clip of the showrunner reading the poet’s Lunch Poems for Audible.
O’Hara’s poetry reflects the world of Mad Men with its snappy prose and references to the pop culture and current events of the 1960s. “His work became a part of Mad Men not only as a touchstone of the period, but more importantly, it supported my emotional purpose for the show, which was to say that our inner lives are timeless,” Weiner says in the clip.
Listen to Weiner’s performance of “Lana Turner has collapsed!” below. The full recording of Lunch Poems is available on Audible.