Here’s the beginning of a new interview at Barn Owl Review with DDL:
“You stick a line from a B52s song into the middle of everything”:
A Conversation with David Dodd Lee
by Nick Sturm
How did you first come in contact with erasure poetry? Why did you decide to “write” a book of erasure poems?
First of all, I want to make it clear that my “erasing” John Ashbery’s poems came out of a struggle to find a new direction for my poetry, that ongoing poem in progress, my autobiography in verse, as it were. That’s the immediate story. But while considering your questions I found myself thinking about early influences as well. The idea of erasing stuff and using chance procedures in art has been around for a long, long while by now. But it’s true recent books of erasure poems have made “Erasure Poetry” relevant in a way it hadn’t been before, say, the year 2000. Suddenly everyone is doing it, and I expect a small explosion of erasure books to burst onto the scene any day now. As for me, I never really decided to write a book of erasure poems. I never planned one anyway. It wasn’t until I’d (rather spontaneously, I must say) erased close to sixty Ashbery poems that I decided to put a manuscript together. The idea of publishing a book came after the fact of the composing/erasing. And why I began doing that is a bit of a mystery.
Read the rest of the interview here.