Happy Earth Day, everyone! It is a very rainy day here–a perfect day for writing indoors. Today I’ll be hosting the Weekly Poetry Challenge. Those of you who have been following the blog for a while know that I love erasure poetry. It is a method that I first learned at the Bucknell June Seminar for Younger Poets, and one that I have used various times over the years. You choose a piece of writing to work from, a page of a novel, a series of poems, a brochure, a newspaper article, and erase particular words using a pen or white-out to create a poem out of the words that you leave.
Today I will post two different samples for you to work from, though of course you can also choose your own original to erase. One is a 1941 letter from the stack I found at an auction (see the backstory here), and the other is a page from one of the articles I read for my Feminist methodologies course, “The Evidence of Experience” by Joan Scott. Click on each for a larger version.
Use these, or pick another text of your own. Erase the words, and then share the poem with us below!
For an example see a page I made two years ago: