Poetry Prompt: Banned Books Week


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. Above image by East Branch of the Dayton Metro Library (flickr). 

I doubt that any of us would be writing poetry today without access to literature growing up. So this week, we celebrate the freedom to read with a poetry prompt in honor of Banned Books Week. Consult the list of most commonly banned books and select a beloved title (doesn’t necessarily have to be Beloved, although that’s on there). Here is a list of 14 banned /censored books that are available free online.

Turn to page 84 and create an erasure poem from that page. Please share your source text and poem in the comments.


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  • September 28, 2014

    Linda Voit

    Source: From page 84 of The Jungle, Copyright 1905, 1906 by Upton Sinclaire, Afterword(c) 1960 byThe New American Library of World Literature, Inc.

    when the bosses were not looking

    those who frost the air with wonder
    stretched out their arms and called
    “Hot pea soup and boiled cabbage today.”
    Wecome of Fireside
    welcome to a warm stove, and a chair
    friends to laugh and talk with.
    you split open