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(29 February 1920 – 5 July 1991 / New York City, New York)

Fugue

You see them vanish in their speeding cars,
The many people hastening through the world,
And wonder what they would have done before
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  • Robert Howard (1/30/2007 10:09:00 AM)

    A fascinating title. A fugue is an intricate contrapuntal musical form that Nemerov has compared to the complex interweaving of traffic. The original meaning of the word, 'fugue', is 'flight' which applies equally to the missions of the drivers.

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