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First prize winner of the 2nd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest.
I. I hear firemen singing, twenty-five bathers saying, We do whatever we feel. Fawns answer, Like this: rollick; now, in the heart. II. I am alive— but not too much— unchanging, and man, no one has anything, and no one has to know the deal; there are no deals. III. I smell lime, iron, amber— the nteenth odor is excited flesh, the erection of sweat —America, season three, time. IV. I ugh & wane & eye forever (I’m hiking) and Christ, I’m giving in.
Erasure poetry begins with removing letters and words from an existing text in order to create a new stand-alone piece that provides new meaning to the original passage. For the 2nd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest, we posted an excerpt from the novel How Should a Person Be? by acclaimed Canadian author Sheila Heti.
The 3rd Erasure Poetry Contest is now underway. Enter today!