Thursday, August 13, 2015

David Dodd Lee's Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere: the Ashbery erasure poems (BlazeVOX, 2010).

"Most of the poems I chose to erase came out of three books from A’s middle period--Hotel Lautreamont, And the Stars Were Shining, and Flow Chart," Lee explains in a very thorough interview here; he goes on: "I will say I wasn’t trying to ruin Ashbery’s originals—it felt to me like I was simply trying to take advantage of A’s genius (he’s got plenty to spare) and make something wholly separate seeming (stress here on the word 'seeming')." More info and excerpts here. Reviews here and here.

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