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Ashbery: “The Skaters,” first typescript, page 30


The Stamp Album. From Pagoda Land. A Bird Brain. Youth and Shrubbery.

I love staying in igh s XXXXXX at nightdele
To take down the stamp album
Weeping over the dry holes
And those where only a printed drawing of the stamp is
Like this New Zealand number coated with poisonous
Reptiles--what color could it be? Possibly
A pale cabbage green
Or this Hungarian one with two heads
Of founders of the Communist party in pale blue
With the eyebrows inked in in deeper blue