John Ashbery revising

When he revises, the words he substitutes are often ones that sound like the ones he's replacing, or feel like them somehow, rather than synonyms. In recent poems, for instance, he has replaced "translucent" with "spiffy," "prisoners" with "pensioners," "unsurprising" with "undetonated," and "Just a little bit longer" with "Just a little critical wondering."

New Yorker profile by Larissa MacFarquhar

1 comment:

  1. This is a cool post, it's catches me nearly as off-guard as Ashbery. Oh, and I did a little post for you, hope you like it.