Edited to Add: Important note about the $40 reward tier (since I can no longer edit it), as I seem to have made a mistake when I launched the project. At the $40 reward tier, backers will receive one original blackout poem in addition to the signed chapbook.
Last year, I participated 30/30 poem-a-day challenge, in which I created one erasure poem per day as a part of National Poetry Month. During the month of April, the thirty poems I created as part of the challenge were created using the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer (an advertising flyer for the grocery story) as a source material. All of the poetry was shared on Instagram and social media.
Erasure poetry (also known as blackout poetry) is created by taking an existing text (a newspaper, novel page, magazine, etc.) and removing words until the words left behind form a poem. This form of poetry generally falls under “fair use.” Some of my favorite examples of this kind of poetry include Mary Ruefle’s A Little White Shadow and Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout. For me, erasure poetry allows me to explore language in ways I might not have otherwise and to discover poetry in unexpected places.
The Kickstarter make/100 challenge inspired me to create a limited edition, 40-page chapbook of erasure poetry — combining twenty of the poems created in April and including twenty new poems that will be created daily while this project is running.
The completed book will be published under a Creative Commons license, and will be shared with backers.
Risks and challenges
I haven’t decided which printer to go with, but have some excellent options. Regardless, this chapbook will be made — even I have to print the book myself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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