An interview with John Ashbery



Claude Peck: Why has Rimbaud appealed, over the years, to various music icons, from Jim Morrison to Patti Smith?

John Ashbery: Bob Dylan, I think, also. Rimbaud has always appealed to misfits and delinquents, who are very often poets. Poets are very often of those persuasions.

Misfits and delinquents. Love it.


Stanley Kunitz, “Hermetic Poem”
Kenneth Koch, “The Duplications” [excerpt]

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