This post is part of a series of weekend found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Your prompt: create an erasure or “blackout” poem from page 256 of Open City by Teju Cole (below). Here are a few guidelines for creating your erasure poem:
- Black out the source text, leaving only the words, letters and punctuation you will use for your found poem.
- Do not change the word order of the original text.
- Add or alter punctuation and capitalization as needed.
- Create a poem with a meaning different from that of the source material.
(The above image is from a cover of Open City by Teju Cole. Random House 2011.)