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Quotation by John Ashbery
For later in the vast gloom of cities, only there you learn
How the ideas were good only because they had to die,
Leaving you alone and skinless, a drawing by Vesalius.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler Wilcox."
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