The first typescript

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Ashbery: “The Skaters,” first typescript, page 35

A possibility
Of some more politic movement.
That freedom, courage
And pleasant company could exist.
That has always been
Behind you. You have never wanted

The equation your heart was set on.
So back into the night
Of stamps. I'll take that one
                                  in pale blue, the eyebrows of paler blue inked in with all
Of Sun yat Sen--it will just fit                the passion of dele
Into the album. Meanwhile, a tragedy             which the
Is unfolding on the upper story.                  yellow
To you, an earlier litigation                    isdele
Wind hard in the tops                            capable
of trees I think there is a funny sandbardele

Beyond the old boardwalk

Your intrigue makes you understand.