We were asked, at We Write Poems (a Thursday poetry prompt) to use a snippet of Dorothy Miller's Richardson's "Pointed Roofs" and literally erase portions of text until we came up with our own, unique poem.
Ill write it out here, but seeing it in its original erasure form is also cool, and you can try the form for yourself. So here's my erasure intact:
And here's the poem. See other erasures at http://wewritepoems.wordpress.com
LONG LACE FACES
an Erasure, from Dorothy Miller Richardson's "Pointed Roofs"
high, plentiful long
collected sense of misery
lessons were dreadful experiences of
a little running
her own part swollen
at the end trembling.
dreadful movements. She heard nothing
till the end and as she stood up
she pushed angry way from the
clear red-hot mass of fire
green Chartreuse blue and cream.
stupid people made her play. How angry she had been
the forgotten guest she knew
poked all the girls
her heart trembling and burning eyes
soundlessly until the thumping began again.
evenings, hoping afresh to be alone. But
she could not discover getting rid of
miserable nervous Mr. Strood
she did him credit, once
in a way that had thrilled her...
2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore (Sharp Little Pencil)