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By Kate Hall November 25, 2021

Erasure Poetry Project

These erasure poems were created from an assignment done in the classes of ENG 101: Effective Reading and Writing sections 41 and 42. Students took texts that were bound for recycling: books that were broken, or discarded. Using pages from these texts students made original poems by choosing certain words and phrases and obscuring the rest of the original text, leaving only their chosen text visible. In this way the erasure poems become points of intersection between the original author and the reader who is in turn the selector and composer of text. Something new is made from this intersection of writer and reader, and the line between the two is blurred. As well, something bound for recycling is given new life.

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About the author

Ameila Campanelli is a first year student in the Psychology program; Christina Maronitis is a first year student in Nursing; Cosomo Nicita is a first year student in Business Management and Accounting; Doria Louahem M'Sabah is a first year student in the Health Sciences program; Gina D'Ambrosio is a first year student in the Social Sciences program; Melia Bergamin is a first year Commerce student; and Yesha Patel is a first year Psychology student.

Kate Hall teaches in the English department.

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    joya zenga

    January 23, 2022

    On a Cloud of Incense by Christina Maronitis

    I was attracted to this poem not only because of the art and detail but because of the words. I find it so fascinating that every story and page in a book can be interpreted in its own way, if you strip down the words you can find its own meaning and a completely different message. i love how this student was able to find the most perfect words on a single page and still manage to have a beginning and end that makes sense. this single sentence can mean so much. I find it impressive that she was able to incorporate “tranquilize” and “not a care in the world dead but alive” because it makes perfect sense and it is a moving phrase. It’s funny how everyone has their own way of interpreting and taking apart a puzzle, I wonder if another student was working with this exact page they would spot the same message.

    -joya zenga

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