Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SLIPS AND STONES

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Today, an erasure poem. Of course, I'm looking for a specific little pamphlet that was on my desk until I cleaned it off before we went away. Do you think I can find it today? Of course not. Can I think of any other source text I'd like to use? Ditto.

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Found a link to Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and pulled the last 750 or so words to use as source.





















Started the elimination dance. Got rid of lots of words!



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Until eventually, this:



SLIPS AND STONES



slips                papers            breeze            
glance                              keep each one

box the box 
hold tight       wonderingly

friends switching slip  
red and overlarge 
snatched out and held

slip sound edges
the way open
                        open
                        
slip 
then look, unfolded, 
                         blank

hushed, show slip
out of hand

black   black night
heavy and astir

finish forgotten ritual

remembered stones

made ready; stones

blowing stone


small stones gasping

stones and pebbles

held out

fair stone

fair


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1 comment:

Marian Green said...

That's brilliant. I didn't do the prompt - thought it was too difficult. SEe my words at:
gramswisewords.blogspot.com