23 May: An Erasure Poem

Image: In a Room, В комнате, 1886 by Konstantin Korovin, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia


The rooms inside
were the exterior.

Simply a room
for idly mystified life.

A mind’s mess.
A temporary wicker.

Not even hell.

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 new 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

Image: In a Room, В комнате, 1886 by Konstantin Korovin, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. Text sourced from Jaws, by Benchley, Peter. Digital Jaws. Pub. Pan 70, 2017.

5 responses to “23 May: An Erasure Poem”

  1. Another gem ‘not even hell’… this is obviously worse; and the terrific image – a cellist with his back to us and a bored pianist?

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    1. I reckon those two are in Dante’s first level of Limbo. I’m delighted that you managed to “see” the detail of the image because sometimes there’s a fine line between base layer opacity and what-the-heck-is-that-image.


  2. Love what you came up with, Misky 💕🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks so much, Harmony!


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