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So, poets seem to intend to be baffling and difficult,
like Ashbery before Google
and Conceptual poetry that we don’t read.
I cannot count without anxiety and technology
one person’s groan against the debatable
similar aims of Ashbery and Goldsmith:
One lesson is that thinkership is readership, provoked
into thought by the current trends.
For a unique twist on erasure, Kristen Mueller took a more constructive approach with Language to Cover a Page. Derek Beaulieu described it best, “Working within a lineage which encompasses Joseph Kosuth’s Purloined (in which the author assembled a single novel from individual pages of different books), Tom Phillips’s A Humument (in which the author creates a new narrative by drawing on top of existing pages) and Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (in which the author erases words from Milton’s Paradise Lost to create a stirring new poem), Mueller has done more than simply “compose the holes.” With Language to Cover a Page, Mueller has carefully aligned excerpts from disparate books—with differing typefaces intact—into two evolving pages. These pages crescendo before our very eyes, a flipbook of accumulating meaning, where with the passing of every page the narrative becomes aware of its own developing presence.”
If you enjoy a challenge, this one is for you! Silver Birch Press recently issued a call for submissions for an anthology of themed erasure poetry. Grab your favorite book or books, and get cracking on erasure poetry based on page 11 ( New Year’s Day — poems with new beginnings as the inspiration), page 214 (Valentine’s Day — love-related poems), or 41 (April Fool’s Day — fun/absurdity-related poems). Send your best to Silver Birch Press to be considered for their By the Numbers Erasure Poetry Anthology. The book will be released toward the end of the year.