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Longlisted for the 2nd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest.
I heard he wants me to come
over and conversate, compliment me,
paint me, do whatever. I can’t help his celebrity
but I’m actually most alive
in my picture, a magnetic, inky thing.
Now he tails me: fame after its famous,
my friends. It’s an illusion:
they, like me, appear to be on this earth, people,
alive and fucking! Every era has its gag.
Mine exists at the back of your throat, a comet
soon gone, pulled from b-low, to the perfect end.
If he’s sore, let him be
an example for men.
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!