WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Poem

It is time for another poetic form challenge. This time, we’ll be doing erasures. Click here to discover what an erasure is.

Since it’s a form that uses another piece of text as source material, I’m going to ask that all entries credit their source. Also, this is the one form in which I’ll let folks submit directly to me but only if you use the subject line: WD Poetic Form Erasure. Any variations may be deleted without being read.

So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) or via e-mail for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest magazine–as part of the Poetic Asides column. (Note: You have to log in to the site to post comments/poems; creating an account is free.)

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Challenge is free. No entry fee.
  • The winner (and sometimes a runner-up or two) will be featured in a future edition of Writer’s Digest magazine as part of the Poetic Asides column.
  • Deadline 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on December 12, 2014.
  • Poets can enter as many erasures as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better, but remember: I’m judging on quality, not quantity.
  • All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Or just write a new erasure.
  • I will only consider erasures shared in the comments below or sent via e-mail using the specific subject line mentioned above. It gets too confusing for me to check other posts, go to other blogs, etc.
  • Speaking of posting, if this is your first time, your comment may not appear immediately. However, it should appear within a day (or 3–if shared on the weekend). So just hang tight, and it should appear eventually. If not, send me an e-mail at the address above.
  • Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to use your user/screen name, which might be something like HaikuPrincess007 or MrLineBreaker. WD has a healthy circulation, so make it easy for me to get your byline correct.
  • Finally–and most importantly–be sure to have fun!

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roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53).

He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

He loves learning new poetic forms, sharing them with the Poetic Asides poets, and then with the world (through Writer’s Digest magazine).

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57 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Poem

  1. Shennon

    (An erasure from page 5 of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Recipes)

    slow cooker
    hectic weeknights
    simple ingredients
    minimal attention
    piping hot
    delicious
    plenty of time

    –ShennonDoah

  2. Jane Shlensky

    O Pooh

    first thing
    imagine
    dreaming
    simpleminded happiness
    adventures
    questions
    harmony
    sweet as honey

    cleverness riddles
    heffalumps
    tiggers
    rabbits
    eeyores
    piglets
    and roos
    so naturally
    un-owl

    wu-wei floats
    like uncarved blocks
    and time flows
    like rivers
    of Pooh

    (erasure of Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh)

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