20 May: An Erasure Poem

Rembrandt's Man In a Room

The Gnawing

His caution
and gnawing guilt
was a living dead-end.
He sat in a tiny
airless room
his own destiny.

During April, I participated in a 30-day Found Poetry Challenge, sourcing text from the book Jaws by Peter Benchley. My method involved layers, changing the top layer’s opacity, and then erasing parts of that image to reveal text from the lower layer/page of text. All 30-days can be viewed on Tumblr at https://miskyb.tumblr.com. I’ve decided to continue the challenge, and post some of pieces here. 

Definition: 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. It’s also an art form. More info: https://poets.org/glossary/erasure

©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. Text sourced from Jaws, by Benchley, Peter. Digital Jaws. Pub. Pan 70, 2017. Image Man In a Room by Rembrandt 1630.

6 responses to “20 May: An Erasure Poem”

  1. Living dead-end!! Brilliant.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Love it, Misky! 💕🙂


    1. Thanks, Harmony!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Nice. And I like the way it (looks) reads on the erasure.

    Liked by 1 person

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