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By John Ashbery

Thrill of a Romance

It's varied when you've got hiccups.
every little thing is—so many pleased fingers competing
in your recognition, a headscarf, a pant of soot,
or simply a blast of silence from a radio.
what's it? That's so that you can examine
for your dismay whilst, on the finish of a protracted queue
within the cafeteria, tray in hand, they let you know the gate closed down
after the second one global struggle. Syracuse used to be declared capital
of a state in malaise, however the directorate
had different, hidden targets. To proclaim common sense
a casualty of fact used to be one.

Everyone's solitude (and ensuing promiscuity)
perfumed the byways of villages we had suggestion civilized.
I observed you anticipating a streetcar and pressed ahead.
unfortunately, you have been just a baby in armor. Now while ribald toasts
sail around a desk too reasonable laid out, why the results
are just dirt, affliction and outdated age. friendly thoughts
are only that. So I channel no matter what
into my contingency, a vein of mercury
that retains breaking out, larger up, extra on time
whenever. Dirndls noticed with out of date vegetation,
worn within the urban back, advertise open discussion.

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We must try to live without it, and the unsuitable caresses of oldsters gone to the gym or the country. One wall features billboards offering a trip to the seashore in forty-five minutes. With that, we can pick up and get lost. Far into the night an argument stitches its way. How long can we go on comprehending? A lot, unfortunately. So get a life. It’s been real. I mean really real, like you can’t imagine it. The city was leaving anyway, closing its ranks behind him. Soon no one would remember the boy in dross who used to come and stare through the skateboards at the abandoned furniture warehouses.

They come to the back door these days, asking for a piece of meat, anything. Which is why we tend to forget mentioning specific names in our thank-yous. Congrats to math and the sciences, music and poetry and all the rest, including any I’ve forgotten. Their day will come soon. But for now it’s the haunted sky over impossible ridges and hollows that I wish to impute. Was ever anything crosshatched so ripe with despair? 33 A Perfect Hat I forget what it is I would rather be doing. Floral and verbal, I am in the thick of what I would rather be doing, jumping off a cliff, rousing subordinates.

There was no formal inquiry into his tousled penmanship, for all it led him unto the doctorate of his dreams and a cottage close to the bridge traffic where daily 27 the seams are let out at evening. It was a pretty enough place if quiet. One has to endure certain systems, then profit by them later, and we reject these. Oh I am sure it was as serious then to be struggling as it is now. We were children, which made it easier, but harder as well because we didn’t know anything. Now we have survived, you might say.

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