Erasure is a process by which you can take any text and from it, create a poem.

Below you will find a number of source texts. Choose one by clicking on the title. You will be sent to a new page where you can click on any word or punctuation mark to make it disappear. Clicking where it was will make it return. By removing much of the text a newly sculpted text (poem) appears.

When you are done creating your poem, you can save it to our archive, print it, or email it. To get a sense of the variety of poems that can be written from a given text, look through our archive. We will be putting up new source texts on a regular basis.

Latest Source Texts

Word Count
Moby Dick by Herman Melville227
Clouds by Aristophanes260
Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland285
History of the Gatling Gun Detachment by John Henry Parker458
Bohemian San Francisco by Clarence E. Edwords302

Latest Poems

The Deep by Jackee Sadicario2013-03-15
Untitled by Jane Cope2013-03-15
Wayside Fires by alina pleskova2013-03-15
Wayside Fires by alina pleskova2013-03-15
homework2 by Ty-rell Gibbs2013-03-13

Project conceived by Joshua Beckman and David Hirmes. Design and Code by David Hirmes.
Special thanks to the good folks at NYFA.
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