Finders Keepers: Rare Use / Erasure


This post is part of a weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. If you know of found poetry related news, resources or events that should be featured here, please email News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell.


ViewerLooking for a new way to analyze a poem? How about a fresh perspective on your latest revision? Try Poem Viewer. “Poem Viewer is an experimental service offered by the Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford for the exploration and analysis of poetry through visualization.” If you don’t have a poem you want to upload, you can check out the visual diagrams of several famous poems for a new take on their familiar lines.


AnagramIt’s clear that I’m easily amused by Twitter bots. If that’s annoying, skip to the next heading. If not, check out @ANAGRAMATRON! This Twitter account locates tweets that are anagrams of each other and retweets them. If you’re looking for some off-the-wall found language, or if you’re just a big fan of the non sequitur, you may end up ‘absolutely freaking out. Talk about your feelings.’

North of Erasure

GeistGeist recently revealed the winners of its 3rd Annual Erasure Poetry Contest. The contest called for poets to erase an excerpt from “Exhibit 37: Hawthorn Branch,” a prose poem from the book Cottonopolis by Rachel Lebowitz. The four winning poems each take a unique path through the text, and they are worth a few minutes of your valuable reading time. Head over to Geist and check them out. You may recognize a name or two.

Everybody’s Doing It

ErasureIf you’re not already out there teaching teenagers about blackout poetry, what are you waiting for? It’s going to be a thing soon. (Which is awesome.) Everybody’s doing it, including the Teen Department in Anderson, SC on January 23rd.


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