29 July: An Erasure Poem

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He was left on the beach.
Legs sunburn.

Red blotches.
Thighs. His feet.

He pushed a finger
into his thigh.

It turned stark white,
then angry red.

The sun rolled white
on the sand.

Wikiart. image Ulysses by Milton Resnick, 1991. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. Text sourced from Jaws, by Benchley, Peter. Digital Jaws. Pub. Pan 70, 2017.

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. 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 

More info: https://poets.org/glossary/erasure

10 responses to “29 July: An Erasure Poem”

  1. Hey but what a memory of Nana’s gaff! Better that three foot of rain.

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  2. Wow! You are so good at these! I love that last stanza.

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  3. I agree with worms, you’ve a gift when it comes to digging up poems out of other pieces of literature. 👍👌👏😁

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    1. Thanks. I love doing erasure poetry. So much fun.

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      1. It looks like a lot of fun actually, think I might give it a try some time. 🤞🙏😁

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  4. Love it! I can feel the burn, lols 💕🙂

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  5. Terrific piece – (and if it’s from the episode in Jaws I think, made oddly creepy by echoes).

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes a page does nothing, so I set aside and look a few days later, and boom 💥 the words pop out at you! Such good fun.

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