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Concerning page 1,119 of the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (1973)

By:  James Aitchison


“The sanctity of the first
uncorrected draft.”
This, Jack Kerouac
taught Allen Ginsberg.
Well: weren’t they both daft?

Not for Jack the careful fix,
No, he wouldn’t need it;
No moving finger
canc’ling half a line;
He’d just say, “Read it.”

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