What Is Erasure Poetry?

An erasure poem is a type of found poetry created by removing words from an existing text (pages of a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.). Select words and phrases are left untouched by “eraser” (Whiteout or paint, most commonly) and read together as a new piece of writing – an erasure poem.

Erasure poetry deals with language which already exists in the world, rather than that of one’s own invention. As an archeologist digs for bones, as a detective hunts for clues, as a sculptor chips away at a block of marble, an erasures poet composes an erasure poem.

THE POET

 

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