PoMoSco Day 28

28 Apr

Whoo! That’s all. Too much energy required for anything else. Two more days. Two days. It’s good we have family coming in, so the aftershock of post-April won’t hit me until next week and I’ll have been eased into a different routine.

Instructions: Start with an X ACTO knife, box cutter or other cutting device. Find a text you don’t mind cutting up — or make a photocopy of the text if necessary — and physically cut out the unused portions to create an erasure poem.
Watch james w. moore’s video, “Making Heaven,” which captures his process of creating poems using one approach.
Scan your completed work — or take a picture of it — and upload it to the site.

Today’s gave me trouble and I ended up compromising, not on the poem, but on what a cut-out entails. While understanding that if it’s cut, it’s a cut-out, I knew that was rationalising. I spent an entire April watching james doing cut-outs, during the Pulitzer challenge two years ago. I knew what I wanted. Alas. If I Wish

Other cut-ups and cut-outs:

james w. moore: Crunch & his passenger

Daniel Ari: ?QUIZ?

Barbara C: Undeceived

Richard Walker: Aunt and Uncle

Rebecca Siegel: Journal of Emily Shore

Misky: White as Milk

Vinita Agrawal: Waiting

Gary Glauber: Sound Fury

There are some dark-ish ones in here and I can assure you, if you have never done any kind of erasure, that the darkness will have surprised many of the poets, when it first appeared and they realised where the poem was going. Again, you see many approaches. Why, you might ask, so many different types of ways to do what remains an erasure? Because (I have learned after a reading about a hundred) there really is a different effect.

Enjoy these and I shall see you tomorrow for the penultimate poem.

Lori Brack: Icarus, from a distance

A.K. Afferez: testimony

I know, but I just read them and hadn’t hit publish, yet.


Posted by on 28/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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9 responses to “PoMoSco Day 28

  1. julespaige

    28/04/2015 at 11:37 am

    Cut outs and erasers are just not my thing. I’d rather create new.

    Like when I have fun playing stuff the prompts…
    This is just a flash fiction piece :
    but there is also another alphabet poem at my long verse place..
    For the Alphabet you were allowed Sundays off. But I’m at Y today…And Z is waiting in the wings.

    Have fun with your family. Cheers, Jules

  2. Misky

    28/04/2015 at 12:06 pm

    I feel a need for a long rest….

    • margo roby

      28/04/2015 at 12:11 pm


  3. Luanne

    28/04/2015 at 1:08 pm

    Some of those look like art, too!

    • margo roby

      28/04/2015 at 1:17 pm

      They do, don’t they, Luanne! I loved reading through them.

      • Luanne

        28/04/2015 at 1:25 pm

        Yes, they are beautiful!

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  5. whimsygizmo

    28/04/2015 at 4:58 pm

    I loved this one. My Xacto gave me some trouble, but I like the finished poem.

  6. whimsygizmo

    28/04/2015 at 4:58 pm

    {And this just proves I am no artist.} 😉


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