Two poetic friends of mine, Kelly Lenox and Pamela Taylor, started a project to “transform the language issuing from the White House in the hopes that it will encourage and inspire other transformative actions” with erasure poetry.

Erasure poetry is an fun way to take an existing text, for example an inaugural speech, and by removing words, transform it into poetry. I jumped at the chance and my poem was posted to the ERASE-TRANSFORM website today. It turned out a little darker than I intended but when I saw the word “factories” repeated three times in the speech, I thought that would make a good metaphor.

I trust all my other poetic friends will have some fun with erasure poetry and submit their results too.


About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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4 Responses to ERASE-TRANSFORM

  1. writenaked says:

    Love your tombstone metaphor!


    • I can’t take credit for that. It was Our Dear Leader who came up with the metaphor. He should be Poet Laureate as well as President! Well, maybe just Poet Laureate. He’d probably do less damage as Poet Laureate. Probably.


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