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Erasure Poem

Poetry Prompt

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Posted by Writing Prompter on 10.23.12

Find a text that is completely unrelated to what you normally read—a how-to manual, a 1950s interior design book, an old encyclopedia, a white paper on social media— and use it as the source of an erasure poem. Read through several pages and underline words and phrases that appeal to you and that relate to each other. Using a marker or Wite-Out, begin to delete the words around those you underlined, leaving words and phrases that you might want to use. Keep deleting the extra language, working to construct poetic lines with the words you’ve chosen to keep.

Reader Comments

  • AutumnReign69 says...

    Julian

    Entered

    the Asylum

    Awaiting

    Requests

     

    Decisions

    Julian

    Documents

    Pages of

    Justifications

     

    Statements

    Favor

    Julian

     

    Hilarious

    Over

    The

    Dictators

    And

    Oppressors

     

    Declaring

    His

    Fate

     

    Pressured

    By

    Risks

     

    Authorities

    Grant

    His

    Asylum

    Request

     

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