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Strange that the youngest people I know 
Live in the oldest buildings

Scattered about the city
In the dark rooms
Of the past---and immigrants,

The black
Rectangular buildings
Of the immigrants.

They are children of the middle class.
'The pure products of America---'

Investing
The ancients buildings
Jostle each other

In the half-forgotten, that ponderous business.
This Chinese Wall.
                              --George Oppen

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