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For his part, Mr. Garfunkel said he’s still working, writing poems, putting together a book and singing. He said he’s working to regain his voice after having vocal troubles. And he said he’s ramping up to get back onstage and wouldn’t rule out a reunion with Mr. Simon when the time is right.

“Who knows what the future brings?” Mr. Garfunkel said. “This is my old buddy, the first friend I made in life.”