Erasure Poetry

Regular $140.00
Member $126.00
November 12, 2020-December 10, 2020
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
4 Week
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An erasure poem is created by erasing or blacking out or whiting out words from an existing text. The poet uses the leftover words to write a fresh poem. Sometimes the new poem is left on the page to retain some shape from the original text. Sometimes it’s rearranged in fresh lines and stanzas. Sometimes color and other visual elements are added. The poet’s objective may be to play, to launch a critique of the original text, to create a piece in which word and image interact.

In this class, we look at examples of erasure by a variety of poets, including Tom Phillips, Tracy K. Smith, Jen Bervin, Steve Healey, Danez Smith, Mary Ruefle, and Lawrence Sutin. Students get to select their own text to work from in creating erasure poems. They will share their poems for supportive feedback in a casual workshop environment. This is a fun class for writers who are just beginning to experiment with poetry. It is also useful for poets who have been writing a while but who now want a nudge into a different way of making poems for inspiration. There is no class November 26.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

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