Words of a chosen text are replaced with their dictionary definitions. Gilbert Sorrentino has applied the method to popular songs; and in one of them, "Poor Butterfly," specifically to the lines:
The moments turn into hours
The hours turn into tears
And as she smiles through her tears
She murmurs low,
She Must Die
Minute portions of time glide
Into 24th parts of days: 24th
Parts of days glide into periods of
Three hundred and sixty-five days.
And as she changes her facial expression
(So as to involve a brightening
Of the eyes, and an upward curving
Of the corners of the mouth-expressive
Of amusement? pleasure? affection?
Irony!) in the midst of
Her drops of secreted saline fluids,
She makes a low, confused, and
Indistinct sound. Not loud.
You, pitiful, slender-bodied,
Diurnal. With your large,
Broad, brightly colored
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