Quotation by John Ashbery

As I sit looking out of a window of the building
I wish I did not have to write the instructional manual on the uses
of a new metal.
I look down into the street and see people, each walking with an
inner peace,
And envy them—they are so far away from me!
Not one of them has to worry about getting out this manual on
schedule
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic, novelist. The Instruction Manual (l. 1–5). . .

Selected Poems [John Ashbery]. (1986) Penguin Books.
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