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
The Khaki Boys Over the Top Doing and Daring for Uncle Sam by Gordon Bates134
The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf407
Principles of Home Decoration by Candace Wheeler596
The Authoritative Life of General William Booth by G.S. Railton178
The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess326

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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