The first typescript

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Ashbery: “The Skaters,” first typescript, page 51

But often a breathing space
Comes, as when yellow bands, or stale green ones, infest some wood
Through which a tiger walks on flint paws. All states of human excitement
and anguish can be observed in the animal kingdom. The lion drew close to Androcles.
Horses can think faster than men, as well as move faster
The sound of hoofs silences the chariot's voluptuous squeak.
Adrool over this keyboard I remember some cat or badger, and offer up sad, fond thoughts to you
{But nothing escapes the intensity of minor acts.}dele
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The chestnuts