Other Things and the Aardvark

Other Things and the Aardvark

Other Things and the Aardvark

Other Things and the Aardvark

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For Eugene McCarthy

I love you so . . . Gone? Who will swear you wouldn't have done good to the country, that fulfillment wouldn't have done good to you--the father, as Freud says: you? We've so little faith that anyone ever makes anything better--the same and less--or that ambition ever makes the ambitious; the state lifts us, we cannot change the state--all was yours though, lining down the balls for hours, freedom in the hollow bowling-alley: crack of the glove, the boys . . . Picking a quarrel with you is like picking the petals of the daisies--the game, the passing crowds, the rapid young still brand your hand with sunflects . . . coldly willing to smash the ball past those who bought the park.

by Robert Lowell
July 6, 1968 . . .

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