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John Ashbery

Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you,
At incredible speed, traveling day and night,
Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents,
through narrow passes.
But will he know where to find you,
Recognize you when he sees you,
Give you the thing he has for you?

— John Ashbery, from “At North Farm,“ A Wave (Open Road Media, 2014; first published 1984)

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