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RAY JOHNSON 114 WEST 7 STREET LOCUST VALLEY NEW YORK 11560 April 5, 1973 [[underlined]] Deaths [[/underlined]] New York Times 229 West 43 Street New York City 10036 Dear [[underlined]] Deaths: [[/underlined]] The New York Corraspondence School, described by critic Thomas Albright in "Rolling Stone" as the "oldest and most influential" died this afternoon before sunset on a beach where a large Candian goose had settled down on it's Happy Hunting Ground, was sitting there obviously very tired and ill and I said to it "Oh, you poor thing". It mustered up whatever strength it had and waddled away from me. "How beautiful!" I thought. "How like a bird - about to die and yet having some courage to try to go on." And then it lifted it's legs and wings and shit out some black shit it was such a large heavy bird it flapped it's wings and I studied the curve of the wings I thought Anne Wilson would like to see them. It just wanted to be alone to die without a human standing there talking to it. I felt so bad. So it flew off and soon I was aware I couldn't see it anymore it had gone. Maybe if I go back there tomorrow, the tide will have washed up it's feathery body. Ruth Ford died her black hair blonde. I telephoned her. "Breeze From the Gulf". The stars look [[underlined]] very [[/underlined]] different today. Ground control to Major Tom. Time to leave the Capsule. I'm stepping through the door. Tell my wife I love her [[underlined]] very much. [[/underlined]] Most sincerely yours, Buddha University BUDDHETTE UNIVERSITY [[image-- drawing of a cartoon face]]
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