29 August: An Erasure Poem

primitive drawing: bluebird, cat, woman, and a man waving. By Bill Traylor

Clothes Make a Man

It’s a man, cut off
at the water,

and the boy looks past him,
then shook his head

and said,
mm … mm.

He wore combat boots,
and a rumpled grey suit
covered with dials and knobs.


WikiArt image by Bill Traylor, “Untitled Figure Construction of a Waving Man” 1947. Public Domain. ©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

6 responses to “29 August: An Erasure Poem”

  1. If clothes maketh the man, I’m sitting here staring at my dressing gown, becomming depressed.

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    1. The only time I reach for a dressing gown is when I’m unwell and intend to go back to bed, so yes, I agree they’re depressing. 😂 ps: good morning.

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      1. Hiya Misk. Certainly today I’ll sit and do things in my dg until around lunchtime, it just feels too slobby and I take a shower. But I can be productive anyhow. I have reviewed a chapter of KH’s novel this morning and have a stack on Songshine birthdays I want to write today. (Special day today btw – one of my absolute favourite singers which should go live shortly.)

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        1. I’ll look forward to hearing your favourite!

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  2. So cool! I love your erasure poems. I love the idea of a man cut off at the water.

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