Erasure poetry

From the Poets.org website:

“Erasure poetry, also known as blackout poetry, is a form of found poetry wherein a poet takes an existing text and erases, blacks out, or otherwise obscures a large portion of the text, creating a wholly new work from what remains.”

There are new poetry forms invented every day, it seems, and rules seldom apply. Found poetry is a category unto itself, and erasure poems are particularly entertaining. Think of it as a cross between sudoku and Where’s Waldo. Or if you love a conspiracy, think of it as finding the hidden message in anything.

Did I mention that the rules may not apply? Even better, right?

Creating erasure poems is so much fun that I have to draw on every ounce of my self-discipline to STOP creating erasure poems. Meanwhile I feel the need to justify time spent playing with erasures, so I’m turning a few of them into blog posts. That makes sense, right?

And so my efforts will appear on this post at random intervals. I hope someone enjoys them as much as I do.

Here’s one–commentary more than poetry, actually–where I bent the rules by adding a few words of my own.


derived from an ACLU letter requesting financial donations
CORRECTION
You and I have to take bold steps.
Liberty, freedom, and equality are not
lived reality for all people.
Never yield, never back down.
Relentless division and hate
make it clear that “we the people”
must truly include all of us.
We need active engagement
woven into the fabric
of our communities.
I urge you: Don’t just share your opinions.
If you agree, be bold.
Go further.
Become America.

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