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.