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Small Press Point Erasures

Matthew Gallant, an English teacher at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, wrote to us just before the new year with a story of how he struggled to get his students to do something constructive during the two days before Christmas break. Classes had been cancelled for more than a week due to power outages caused by a massive snow storm that had blown through the region.

"Since my classes had either just finished books before the storm, or had already been assigned work due after the official holiday break, I had two days to fill, using only my creativity, a photocopier, and any resources at hand," Gallant wrote. "I had just the day before received my January/February 2009 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, and was skimming the Small Press Points column when I happened across the section on Erasure. I had the magazine in my bag, deftly made 105 copies of page 18, passed it out to my students for our classes, read it with them, emphasized the important parts for understanding, and said, 'Go! It'll be collected at the end of the period.'" Below are some of the their erasures.

  • 1 of 31Adam Cook
    Credit: Adam Cook

    Adam Cook

    long     as there is     power
    those that rest

    are illegible     (in) the fragments     (of) heart
    while another is     trapped in
    a blizzard
    The haunting
    alters     by striking
    an independent
    9/11
    is     important
    was
    named     finalist for     2004     Award
    nevertheless
    Jack     Disembodied
    Poets
    mov(ed)     on

    "reface" the     modified
    Our aim has

    lived in Brooklyn
    terrorist attacks
    with the alternating tenderness and rage

  • 2 of 31Alicia Halliday
    Credit: Alicia Halliday

    Alicia Halliday

    —    —only one
    survived     rest     are missing
    so that one

    alters

    this form

    National
    mountain
    School

    used     text     comment     on
    what     language
    has

  • 3 of 31Ashley Douglas
    Credit: Ashley Douglas

    Ashley Douglas

    words that are
    missing     on the page     a brilliant example of this
    translation of
    poetry     has
    survived

    I can
    put it in     a blizzard
    of brackets     haunting
    the poet alters an existing text
    or erase(s) words.     independent
    Denver     a unique example of    form.     While    9/11
    is an important

    finalist for     nonfiction, its     account is
    crowded by the mountain of information that     was obligated
    to document     Disembodied
    Editions
    used the text     that is     moving

     

  • 4 of 31Brett Lundy
    Credit: Brett Lundy

    Brett Lundy

    Poets     that     are
    missing     that rest
    in     Winter
    only one
    survived     the rest are fragments
    one of the fragments begins
    while another is     trapped
    in     a blizzard
    of     haunting fragments

    an independent

    report
    named     National
    mountain
    Disembodied

    every
    word of text     that remain     The
    Error     of
    Terrorism     seem to float down the pages as if
    literally erased from     text.
    at the time of the terrorist attacks

    this     world
    pushes
    polite society

    to see what kind of 

    teams have been assembled

  • 5 of 31Chris DePietro
    Credit: Chris DePietro

    Chris DePietro

    Poets have     power in words
    as in those that rest on the page.     brilliant examples of this

    poetry
    are fragments.

    while another is a single word trapped in
    a blizzard
    of brackets. The haunting fragments
    the poet alters an existing text by striking
    independent

    compelling

    use     the text for an erasure     a moving commentary
    shifting fields of language that have arisen

    "The Found
    Error,"
    the preserved words     float down the pages as if in
    clouds

    this changed world     poetry

    a poet
    can use any source

  • 6 of 31Dan Ferreira
    Credit: Dan Ferreira

    Dan Ferreira

    there is     power

    missing     a brilliant
    translation
    that     has
    survived      fragments     are missing     some

    trapped in
    a blizzard
    haunting     mind
    by striking
    independent
    unique     form

    nevertheless crowded     obligated
    to

    shift     the     world
    modified
    to
    balance     the instruments
    of
    Found
    Error
    Terrorism     preserved     to
    literally erase

    tenderness     rage     uncertainties
    of this     world

    society     has     no regard
    to

    Go ahead
    and run
    to see what     emerges

    a complete     rough
    draft
    to     join     project
    manager
    to
    develop

    a
    focus

    in all areas.

  • 7 of 31Danielle Dye
    Credit: Danielle Dye

    Danielle Dye

    known     power in words     are
    missing     brilliant
    translation     of
    books     poetry
    survived intact     To indicate
    illegible     brackets
    while     a single word trapped in
    "a blizzard
    of brackets"     haunting     to mind the best
    erasure poetry     existing     by
    erasing words     an independent

    Commission      is an important     compelling text in its own right

    nevertheless     information     the commission     obligated

    Poetics
    commentary
    shifting fields of language

    Found

    missing words     erased from
    terrorist attacks

     submissions

    create     virtual
    great thing     erasures
    any source text

    poem emerges. Send

    independent

    manuscript

    assembled
    project

    percentage     assembled
    books     published     particular focus
    writing     visual art     I hope     we're developing will prove
    new    to publishing in all areas.

  • 8 of 31Danielle Oates
    Credit: Danielle Oates

    Danielle Oates

    Poets     know     there is     power in words
    missing     those     rest     brilliant
    in     work of     ancient
    books
    fragments     missing
    illegible     included
    absolutely     trapped

    The haunting
    erasure     existing     by striking

    right
    and
    final

    embodied
    code
    used
    shifting fields     arisen in

    our aim

    obliterate

    Error     taken
    preserved words
    missing     in
    time
    alternating
    change

    Go     Rip
    and run
    emerge     Send     us

    on     a fledgling

    will

    develop.

  • 9 of 31Dante Guzzardio
    Credit: Dante Guzzardio

    Dante Guzzardio

    Winter

    is a single word
    a blizzard

    striking

    the     world

    with heavy

    clouds.

  • 10 of 31Derek Knapp
    Credit: Derek Knapp

    Derek Knapp

    power

    of the ancient Greek

    survived     fragments
    that
    can     trap
    a blizzard

    by

    2004     lists

    by
    Travis McDonald

    used     a

    Error     from
    Terrorism

    attacks

    poetry

    Books

    and run
    it

    to

    the
    readers

    of
    the particular
    writing adds
    areas

  • 11 of 31Emily Aubrey
    Credit: Emily Aubrey

    Emily Aubrey

    Poets have     power
    missing     in (the) rest

    lyric poetry     on papyrus rolls     one poem
    the rest are fragments     missing or,
    illegible,
    trapped in
    a blizzard
    haunting
    poetry     striking
    words.

    the mountain of information

    commentary on
    the     world
    has modified it
    Its
    / balance /     / against /     / the instruments
    of / change /     obliterating

    Terrorism     preserved words     float down
    in Brooklyn

    alternating tenderness and rage

    push(ing) the envelope

    virtual

    text   

  • 12 of 31Emily Rose
    Credit: Emily Rose

    Emily Rose

    in words
    hat     provid
    translation     he work
    lyric poetry     has
    the rest     where words
    are illegible
    is a     word trapped
    in an essay

    he poet
    independent
    published
    an important
    port
    its riveting
    obligated

    with
    the text
    shifting fields

    instruments
    of     every page with     lines

    aken
    to float down
    missing words

    age of     uncertainties

    the     name     open     work

    to check     Wave

    by     others.     a poet
    can     Go ahead:
    run     over     words
    see     poem
    and
    it
    dedicated to     art, is     collaborative
    model     a rough
    book     the
    readers

     

  • 13 of 31Jillian Devlin
    Credit: Jillian Devlin

    Jillian Devlin

    words
    rest
    in     her

    heart
    while     trapped in

    haunting fragments
    existing
    independent    in
    this

    world

    against

    those that remain.

  • 14 of 31Jose Crabtree
    Credit: Jose Crabtree

    Jose Crabtree

    there is     power
    in
    the

    missing
    heart
    while another is     trapped in
    a blizzard
    of     haunting fragments

    an independent

    crowded by     the     obligated

    aim     to     adjust the
    against
    with heavy black     obliterating
    Error taken
    to float
    Brooklyn,
    erasure
    with     rage
    The
    name     is     submission     of
    polite society

    Rip this

  • 15 of 31Katie Fiorella
    Credit: Katie Fiorella

    Katie Fiorella

    missing
    ancient

    fragments
    missing

    The haunting     mind
    alters

    information
    Disembodied

    language

    lines within

    the text

    run     over     words

    or a proposal

    and     collaborate

    visual art

  • 16 of 31Katie Wyner
    Credit: Katie Wyner

    Katie Wyner

    Poets have     much power

    the
    mind
    alters     by
    unique     form     The
    compelling text
    soar

    within

    lines obliterating

    The Foundation
    words     float
    literally

    with     alternating tenderness     the uncertainties

    always     push
    polite society

  • 17 of 31Kenny Do
    Credit: Kenny Do

    Kenny Do

    Power
    provided

    fragments
    of

    a blizzard,

    words

    soared

    every page

    missing

    the
    same

    writing     art.

  • 18 of 31Kerri Hunkele
    Credit: Kerri Hunkele

    Kerri Hunkele

    know     there     power
    provide
    translation     Of

    fragments
    illegible
    single     trapped
    in     Review
    haunting     the
    alters
    in
    9/11

    soared to
    2004
    crowded by
    graduate of     Disembodied

    men
    call the     world
    For
    aim
    across
    change

    Error
    Terror     float     as if
    the missing     live
    sure
    of     uncertainties

    and
    out     of the

    merges
    we'll

    dedicate

    to
    teams
    collaborate

    bookstore

    first     will     fall. "Though     focus
    about     model     developing
    approach     areas."

  • 19 of 31Lanna Fuller
    Credit: Lanna Fuller

    Lanna Fuller

    Poets have     as much power in words
    as      those     brilliant
    ancient Greek(s)
    only one poem

    is     trapped in
    a blizzard
    of     haunting     mind,
    existing     by
    an independent

    (named for the mountains of the world.)

  • 20 of 31Lindsey Ravmikaitis
    Credit: Lindsey Ravmikaitis

    Lindsey Ravmikaitis

    power in words
    rest on the page     brilliant
    work of
    poetry
    where words are missing or

    trapped

    bring to mind the best
    poetry
    erasing words.
    a unique     form
    is     compelling

    riveting

    and
    moving
    fields of language

    between

    change     obliterating every
    word     another
    Error
    perserved     down the pages

    poetry
    is always open     work

    where users     create

    text     Rip
    out     words

    post it
    on visual art
    a rough
    draft

    if moved to do so
    manage

    a review
    print it, market it, and     receive

    visual art     developing     a
    new approach

  • 21 of 31Maree Magliocchetti
    Credit: Maree Magliocchetti

    Maree Magliocchetti

    power

    in

    fragments

    alters
    independ(ence)
    unique
    and compelling

    of     Disembodied

    world

    instruments

    remain.
    The Foundation of

    New York
    alternating     uncertainties
    of

    polite society
    Wave(s)
    create

    any source

    emerg(ing)

    on visual art
    worth

    site     so

    team(s)     members

    receives

    focus
    about     art
    in all areas.

  • 22 of 31Natalia Raney
    Credit: Natalie Raney

    Natalia Raney

    missing
    Winter
    the
    fragments
    are
    trapped
    in
    The haunting

    form

    of several

    crowded
    Disembodied

    instruments
    with heavy black

    clouds
    he performed
    uncertainties

  • 23 of 31Nicole Brown
    Credit: Nicole Brown

    Nicole Brown

    Poets     know     that there is

    nine books     that

    absolutely
    put
    haunting

    Report(s)
    of
    the     04
    mission
    to     the     School of

    commentary

    the     Mcdonald(s) has
    been
    against
    obliterating

    the original chapter

    that
    has     no regard
    of the Wave

  • 24 of 31Patrick Olmstead
    Credit: Patrick Olmstead

    Patrick Olmstead

    power
    missing    in
    Winter
    only one     has
    survived

    a blizzard

    in
    Denver     a unique

    mountain

    arisen

    between
    the instruments
    change     with
    another

    preserved     in

    time     attacks     performed
    with     rage     one who

    has     no regard for

    others.
    Rip
    out and
    see what    emerges

    a

    model worth noting.
    sample

    All

    teams,

    all areas.

  • 25 of 31Rebecca Dugas
    Credit: Rebecca Dugas

    Rebecca Dugas

    there is     power in
    missing a     page.     (A) brilliant
    translation
    that     one poem has
    survived     fragments     are     in some
    cases     the     heart
    (A) single word     in
    a blizzard
    bring to mind
    poetry     existing     by striking
    Fact     independent

    in its own right
    it     soared

    used
    shifting     arisen     the
    second
    It's
    against
    change     heavy black lines obliterating every
    save     that     Found
    taken from the
    Terrorism
    missing     lived
    at the time
    tenderness     of one who

  • 26 of 31Robert Romolo
    Credit: Robert Romolo

    Robert Romolo

    there     are
    missing

    books     on papyrus rolls
    the rest     are missing
    brackets
    in
    a blizzard
    to
    poetry
    or
    published     this
    Report
    the report     was
    riveting
    by     information
    of     Jack Kerouac
    Poetics

  • 27 of 31Sarah Harb
    Credit: Sarah Harb

    Sarah Harb

    Power
    as in     a
    translation

    where words
    are     fragments
    in
    an essay
    of     the best
    text by

    a unique

    balance(d)

    poet

    Poem(s)     send

    a
    dedicated     visual

    hope
    approach     all areas.

  • 28 of 31Scott Adie
    Credit: Scott Adie

    Scott Adie

    those that     provide     this
    translation     of the
    lyric     that     wrote     only one
    fragments     where     some
    brackets     begin
    while another is
    put
    haunting     the best

    Poetics

    the  preface

    of     every page

    float
    the     text

    press     a
    name     of
    society     for
    more

    great
    use

  • 29 of 31Sean Clemens
    Credit: Sean Clemens

    Sean Clemens

    there is as much power in

    poetry     only one poem has
    survived     To indicate where words are missing or

    independent     in
    a unique     form of

    its riveting account
    by the mountain of information that

    used the text for an erasure
    shifting fields of language
    For instance,
    / Its /    / adjust the /    / between
    and / across /     / and / balance /     / against / the instruments
    of / change / over every page

    preserved words

    say
    with the alternating tenderness and rage     has experienced the uncertainties
    of this changed world

    Of course,
    —even this one.

    punctuation
    a fledgling independent
    dedicated to the publication of writing

  • 30 of 31Sophia Carver
    Credit: Sophia Carver

    Sophia Carver

    known     much power
    missing     brilliant

    fragments.    To indicate

    a blizzard
    haunting     mind
    alter(ing)     existing

    While
    compelling
    soared

    nevertheless     by the mountain
    Disembodied

    commentary

    reads:     redress     between
    and     balance     against
    change     black
    remain
    from     the Foundation

  • 31 of 31Vicki Polito
    Credit: Vicki Polito

    Vicki Polito

    those that rest on the

    fragments     indicate where
    cases are illegible     so that one     heart
    absolutely can
    a blizzard
    haunting     to mind
    alters an existing

    example of this
    important and compelling     right

    adjust the / lines within

    over every page     heavy black lines
    those that remain
    original
    words     float down the

    performed
    rage

    the same name     open
    to     interested

    others.     the great
    can
    run      over any
    emerges

    new approach

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