erasure (artform)

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Erasure is a form of found poetry or found object art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem. The results can be allowed to stand in situ or they can be arranged into lines and/or stanzas.

Writers/artists have adopted this form both to achieve a range of cognitive or symbolic effects and to focus on the social or political meanings of erasure. Erasure is a way to give an existing piece of writing a new set of meanings, questions, or suggestions. It lessens the trace of authorship but also draws attention to the original text. As with any allusion, interpretive questions include:

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adding page because of austin kleon‘s tweet on the art of erasing words from books:

“It’s a hobby, to be honest. But if you look up the word hobby in the dictionary, you’ll realize that all art is a hobby. A hobby is something that you do for intense personal pleasure.”

she is one of my personal quarantine queens

https://t.co/OYOYV42n85

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/austinkleon/status/1435214418451865609

The Lyrical and Funny Art of Erasing Words From Books – “The words are growing in the field, and they hover above the page. They’re like flowers, and I pick the ones I like,” says Mary Ruefle.

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