Poems have been shy with me lately, so I’m thankful for the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer newsletter that came in the mail the other day. For some reason, I decided not to toss it out with the junk mail, and while eating dinner one night, I found myself making erasure poems. Here’s a favorite that came from an ice cream advertisement:
Mary Ruefle’s written a mind-blowing essay (I’m not exaggerating here) “On Erasure” over at Quarter After Eight.
You know how when you go into the wilderness you are expected to bring out your trash, leaving nothing behind? I spent the first half of my life leaving words in the world, and will spend the last half taking them out! After all, when they asked Neil Armstrong how he felt about his footsteps being left on the moon, he said he’d like to go back up and erase them.
After reading her essay, my erasure work seems petty, but we all have to start somewhere in our learning process, no?
“Creativity is subtraction.” – a newspaper blackout poem by Austin Kleon.
What’s inspired you lately?