Stretching to write a poem everyday is a way for me to stand with those who are stretching to settle, learn a new language, build a new life in this country. I would love your support in contributing resources to their effort!
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Todays Poem after Art Middleton's provocative workshop on erasure poems:
The Art of Redaction
Poems reflect their time
the Romantic, the Modern, the Erasure.
In a time of extinction we
take a text and scrub it, eliminate
ninety percent of the words,
play with what’s left, like a cat with a mouse,
except that verisimilitude requires what is left
be read in order, left to right, start to finish.
At first the erasures leave holes in the text
like missing teeth in a child’s familiar face.
But comes a time the shape will shift
and we lose the old meaning.
We decried the loss of the sabre tooth tiger
felt the Dodo left a hole in the world.
But now, with so many gone,
we understand that we are writing
a whole new story.