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Poetry Workshop: Writing Erasure Poems

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Fri, 04/19/2024 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

The erasure poem starts with a printed document from which the poet removes words to reveal a new, more concise or even more true message hidden within the original text. This form has been used to great effect by many poets, notably Nicole Sealey in Ferguson, an erasure of the Department of Justice’s Ferguson Report on police racism in Ferguson, MO. torrin a. greathouse, a transgender cripple-punk poet has manipulated the traditional Japanese haibun using redaction, the process of blacking out language in a text to reveal a new message. Visual poets such as JI Kleinberg, Koss La and others make art from torn out, or painted or drawn-over language from texts. Both erasure and redaction can be done using electronic texts and your word processing system. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of these samples and get you started creating your own erasure poem(s).

Bring a couple of printed documents you’d like to explore through erasure or redaction. Newspaper, magazine, or book pages work great. If you’d like to work digitally, bring a laptop or tablet with some documents bookmarked.

$20 registration required. Click here to register!

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