Years of Indiscretion

Opening lines of The New Spirit

I thought that if I could put it all down, that would be
one way. And next the thought came to me that to leave
all out would be another, and truer, way.

clean-washed sea
The flowers were.

These are examples of leaving out. But, forget as we will,
something soon comes to stand in their place. Not the
truth, perhaps, but - yourself. It is you who made this,
therefore you are true. But the truth has passed on

to divide all.

John Ashbery

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