Erasure Poetry For Healing
Erasure poetry, also known as blackout poetry, is a form of found poetry wherein a poet takes an existing text and erases, blacks out, or otherwise obscures a large portion of the text, creating a wholly new work from what remains. Erasure poetry may be used as a means of collaboration, creating a new text from an old one and thereby starting a dialogue between the two, or as a means of confrontation, a challenge to a pre-existing text.
What we build or create in any form requires some ability to dismantle. Whether we are going through various life changes or choices, one thing requires another to move, change, or be recreated to allow the new in. With erasue poetry, the concept and its various origins requires the same idea. To take something with meaning and purpose, then to remove elements of it to create new meaning and purpose would be the foundation in simplest terms of this concept.
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