NaPoWriMo Challenge, Day 19 (still catching up): An erasure poem as described by poet Dan Brady.

“First, write a paragraph of prose about anything you want. Next scan through the text and try to erase it down to a single sentence or phrase. The erased text becomes your first page and the full prose paragraph becomes your last page. Now see if you can add bit by bit to create a sequence that builds across several pages/iterations between the initial phrase to the complete text.”

erasure poem


About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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10 Responses to De-Composing

  1. Deb Whittam says:

    It’s nice of unusual, isn’t it

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  2. Peggy Lemmer says:

    That was a tough one, but I liked it. I can’t decide if I like you mowing our Chuly! 🙂

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  3. Hehhe. I love the whole process and especially the last line of the full story. You got so many out of it!

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    • Maggie C says:

      Thanks. I don’t think I did it “right,” as the directions I tried to follow said that one iteration should build upon the other to advance the story. But I had fun doing it this way. 🙂

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  4. I am going to try this! I love doing these kinds of prompts.

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    • Maggie C says:

      I probably should have taken more time with it, but it was interesting. It really is fun to try different things with writing. Challenges one to get out of ruts.


  5. Sharon says:

    I really enjoyed your erasure poems. I didn’t know there was a type of erasure poem where you repeated the process.

    I think my favorite phrases were “after a bee / held me responsible for / the birds” and “I need to have a / serious talk with / the bees” but I love bees so I might be biased.

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