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Call for Creative Endeavors: Erasure
Wanted the Opposite *
by E. Kristin Anderson
Most create beauty.
mold an amateur exorcist,
the body spins, later wars.
see the prettiest monster:
just sharp, pushing.
* Source material: “Beautiful
People: Rick Baker: Oscar-
winning special effects artist”
by Sophia Banych. Allure,
May 2014, pg 62.
Text © 2014 by E. Kristin
Erasure poems are created by removing (or blacking out) words from a source text, crafting a poem out of what’s left behind. Submit your erasures by November 30! Visit our Submittable page to set up an account and submit work. And check back December 1 to see the next Call for Creative Endeavors!
Guest Judge: Editor and Poet E. Kristin Anderson
“The best erasure poetry uses the language in the source material as a palette with which to create something totally new. When making your poems, be sure you’re not just summarizing the source text. The new poems should reflect YOUR voice and YOUR style, not the voice or style of the author who wrote the piece you’re working with. Your poem should be totally YOURS!!” -- E. Kristin Anderson
E. Kristin Anderson coedited the anthology Dear Teen Me. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies worldwide, and she is the author of two chapbooks, A Jab of Deep Urgency and A Guide for the Practical Abductee. She is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at The Found Poetry Review. Learn more at ekristinanderson.com and dearteenme.com.