This 3 hour session will introduce you to the poetic form of Erasure, which is the practice of erasing words from an existing text to generate new poetry / visual art. Together, we'll look at published examples of erasure, and discuss what might make our own erasures successful. Before we meet, I'll assign a brief reading which will we use to center our discussion. I'll also provide materials for erasure, including books, random prose texts, white-out, scissors, glue, markers, etc. If you already have a text you'd like to erase, please feel free to bring it along. At the end of the session, we will all be invited to share our new erasure work with the group. All are welcome. No poetry or erasure experience is necessary.
Zachary Schomburg is the author of a novel, Mammother (Featherproof 2017) and 5 books of poems including, most recently, Pulver Maar (Black Ocean 2019). He is also an illustrator, muralist, teacher, and publisher of a small independent poetry press called Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, OR.
Here is a bit more at The Poetry Foundation.