Poetry Prompt: Erasure from James Patterson Mystery Fiction

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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.

Mystery/crime thriller novelist James Patterson has decided to give $1 million to independent bookstores across the United States. Patterson said:

Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country’s literature. The work they do to support schools and the rest of their communities leaves a lasting love of reading in children and adults. I believe their work is vital to our future as a country. What are we if we don’t have our own literature? I couldn’t be happier to, very humbly, support booksellers in their mission. Maybe that’s because it’s my mission as well.

Bookstore owners (and bookstore customers) can submit names and locations through Patterson’s website in hopes of receiving some of Patterson’s support. I think that’s pretty cool. So, in honor of Patterson’s generosity, and in celebration of independent bookstores everywhere, let’s create some erasure poetry from Patterson’s thriller and detective novels.

Select a page from one of Patterson’s (many) books. Redact (blackout, whiteout, cut out, etc.) the text leaving only the words of your poem. Please share the text of your poems in the comments!




Photo by Leyram Odacrem


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