Erasure Poetry

Time for a little more poetic experimentation. I read Canadian writer Alain Farah’s Ravenscrag recently and loved some of the passages enough to attempt erasure poetry with them. There is a strange logic to these type of poems which makes you wonder just how much of our language is essential…

Black marble tycoon content with conformist little books:

his merchant fleet takes pleasure in being neutralised

at the Montreal governor’s estate; those pastime books

spin floridly through thirty-six rooms –

not sinking into the mind

not speaking to dark grief

but breeding ravens.

The ballrooms may be mentally ill

yet it’s always the others who

bake cakes and play ping-pong.

The dwarf stumbles down to cavernous Cameroon

and disciples of La Sape

make books with no night.

View from Mont Royal, Montreal
View from Mont Royal, Montreal

Have you ever attempted erasure poetry and discovered that each person will choose different words which resonate with them? That our subconscious will pick those words which best describe our current state?

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One thought on “Erasure Poetry”

  1. Really fascinating, Marina Sofia! And it really is interesting how we can distil things down to just a few words that resonate, and yet, still tell a story.

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