Friday, September 14, 2018

Poetry Friday - Erasure Poem


Hello everyone. This week's Poetry Friday roundup is hosted by Amy VanDerwater down at The Poem Farm. Next week is the first time I'll be hosting on this blog (eep!). Better make sure I plan ahead for that one.

For today's exercise, I thought I'd try an erasure poem. I guess it's kind of like trying to make a sculpture. I don't know if it held up in the end, but I at least I don't have to come up with the words and it provides an interesting challenge.

Arranged from some text from Monocle magazine

She just wanted
a simple solution
from the paper that keeps 
pristine.

She settled on 
minimalism.
Each stamped in 
colourful stickers.

Perfect.

Hope you guys have a good weekend. & see you next week!😅


17 comments:

  1. Good Morning (afternoon or evening to you?) This is one of my absolute favorite ways of creating a poem. I love making poems with kids this way too. It's so fun. I like how your found words have a surreal effect like we can picture someone looking to solve something and settled on what is perfect. Really nice and tight for an erasure poem. Best of luck next week! You'll be find. Seriously, the PF community is just the best. I"m so glad you have joined us.

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    1. Hello! It's now my Friday evening. I suppose one good thing about being on this side of the world is having extra time to post, haha. Thanks, Linda, I'm glad I found a community that I can jump in to right away.

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  2. Hi, Erin - thanks for sharing your clever poem! I LOVE any kind of found poetry. (Do you know Austin Kleon's books? Same idea - blackout poetry.) Welcome in advance to the hosting side of PF next week - it's a lovely way to make sure you see what everyone else is doing at one point in time, anyway. [It's usually impossible to make all the rounds each week!] :0)

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    1. I've only come across Austin Kleon briefly (probably in a quick search on how to handle black out poems) but I should read some more. I look forward to being able to see all the contributions next week!

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  3. Your poem's meaning matches its blackout form perfectly. So clever!

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    1. Thanks Michelle :) I'm glad the poem is kind of doing what it's supposed to do!

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  4. I like the words found that take the heat from you and warm up the poem beautifully. Erasure poetry is lots of fun. Thanks, Erin!

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  5. I find erasure poems to be very difficult. I'm never sure where I'm going with one! I should try more of them to see if I can free up my mind! This one seems to fit the style wonderfully!

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    1. I agree - they are fairly difficult. I probably tried a few different sections of text until I found words I thought I could work with! But it's a fun exercise though.

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  6. I like the idea of your poem being a "minimalism," and the voice it's coming from–it gave me a good laugh, thanks Erin!

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  7. Nicely done! I really struggle with blackout poems. They are a good puzzle, pushing you to think in a different way.

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  8. I enjoyed your blackout poem or erasure poem. I find these a fun puzzle and challenge to write.

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  9. Nicely done. I've never tried one of these. Maybe one day...

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    1. It's always good to have something to add to the list!

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  10. You did a great job with your poem, Erin. I once bought an antique book at a used book sale that I was going to use as a blackout journal of poems, but unfortunately the silverfish found it before I got more than a few done! (Apparently they love the sweetness of old bookbinding glue.) I still love the idea of finding poems in unexpected places, though. It's certainly better than finding silverfish in unexpected places. Ew!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I think I agree with you. I'll take poetic surprises over silverfish too!

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  11. Oh, I do want to get to know this "she!" I so enjoyed reading your poem, imagining the setting and story behind it. It is like making a sculpture...just taking away and taking away. And the magic is that had you written/sculpted this on a different day, or in a different hour, your poem would be different. I love that. We are so glad you're here, and happy hosting next week. (I often forget when it is my day, even if I am thinking about it the week before!!!) xx

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