Erasure is a form of poetry created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse to create an entirely new poem. I experimented with the genre for a contest hosted by Geist Magazine. This was my entry, based on text from the prologue to the book How Should a Person Be, by Sheila Heti. It is nothing like the original, but was an interesting exercise on how taking bits away can actually create something altogether fresh and new. I challenge you to grab that erase (or delete key) and have at it!
by Alison DeLory
Interested in being,
singing over usual conversation,