Poetry Prompt: 2013 National Book Awards

2013 National Book Awards

This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.

The Good Lord BirdFor this week’s prompt, we ask you to take a page (literally) from fiction author James McBride and create an erasure poem from his 2013 National Book Award winning novel The Good Lord Bird. See erasure prompt text—page 224—below.

2013 National Book Award winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature were announced November 20th. You can hear finalists read from their shortlisted and winning works over at NPR Books.

The Good Lord Bird


Source text: page 224 of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

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