In erasure poetry, the writer starts with a passage from an existing text and carves away words until a poem emerges. The result is a work that has its own life and also sheds new light on the source passage. For the Geist contest, entrants started with a passage from Roughing It in the Bush, a nineteenth-century Canadian classic by Susanna Moodie.
And the winners are...: Top Prizes: 1st Prize: “My Word” by Karen Press 2nd Prize: “A Family Gathering” by Sam Helmer 3rd Prize: “Uncouth” by Patty Milligan Honourable Mentions: “Companion” by Kathryn Mockler “Had Me At” by Raymond Nakamura
Thank you to everyone who submitted. We had so much fun reading all of the entries.
You can read the top three winners in print in Geist 83, on newsstands now!
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