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a lot of here and there

So over these past years —
A little puttering around,
Some relaxing, a lot of plans and ideas.
                                                                                      Scaled-down surprises
here and there, a puttering about in dust, and once again it seems as though it
were all up to us.

two passages from John Ashbery — whose method might be called puttering —
respectively his
“Tenth Symphony” in Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror : Poems (1975; 1990) : 46, and
Flow Chart : A Poem (2014) : 25

John Ashbery (1927-2017), poetry foundation

16 May 2022