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.

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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

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—    —only one
survived     rest     are missing
so that one

alters

this form

National
mountain
School

used     text     comment     on
what     language
has

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Winter

is a single word
a blizzard

striking

the     world

with heavy

clouds.

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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

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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   

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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

 

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words
rest
in     her

heart
while     trapped in

haunting fragments
existing
independent    in
this

world

against

those that remain.

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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

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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

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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

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Power
provided

fragments
of

a blizzard,

words

soared

every page

missing

the
same

writing     art.

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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."

Credit:

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.)

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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

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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.

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missing
Winter
the
fragments
are
trapped
in
The haunting

form

of several

crowded
Disembodied

instruments
with heavy black

clouds
he performed
uncertainties

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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

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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.

Credit:

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

Credit:

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

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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.

Credit:

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

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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

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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

Credit:

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