Day Twenty-One. The final day of National Poetry Month's third week. Counting today, 10 poems to go. And 20 poems done so far. I think I've done 22, though, because on a couple of occasions, I did more than one poem. But who's counting? Let's poem, friends!
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD suggestion today is his usual "Two for Tuesday": "Write a 'what you are' poem" and/or "Write a 'what you are not' poem."
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo challenge today "is an old favorite — the erasure! This involves taking a pre-existing text and blacking out or erasing words, while leaving the placement of the remaining words intact."
Let's begin today with Alan. "I am attempting to satisfy both prompts today, with a 'something is something' erasure," Alan writes. "The original source comes from Flannery O'Connor's essay collection, Mystery and Manners."
The transcription of the erasure would read as follows:
Excellent erasure, Alan. You make it look so easy! I like how you found an apostrophe s at one point when you needed a possessive! Congratulations.
Today, I didn't combine the prompts. First, I worked with the NaPoWriMo suggestion. I used Wave Books's nifty
The source text I chose was an excerpt from "Out of the Fog" by
The fog horn blowing hard
Second, I worked on a PAD "what you are"/"what you are not" poem based on the emotions and particulars of this erasure poem.
Well, there you go. Worked with the one Thorson prompt and both Brewer prompts. Not all in the same text, but the two poems interlace with one another.
The best erasure poet in the US, as far as I'm concerned, is Carriezona, whose work can be seen at DeviantArt.com. Here's her poem "The Children"
Carrieola. I only hope one day to be able to do erasures as well as she does, both artistically and textually.
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