NEW! Extreme Erasure: State of the Union Haiku

It’s 2018. Completely new year and too much the same. The Erase-Transform Poetry Project invites you into a state of extreme erasure. Place yourself in a state of existential calm, open to radical transformation, and find the haiku hidden within the 2018 State of the Union address. The full text is available from the White House.

Erasure poems offer a way to take existing text and pull forth poetry. The ERASE-TRANSFORM Poetry Project is a platform for transforming the language issuing from the White House in the hopes that it will encourage and inspire other transformative actions.

We will feature new poems frequently, so check back often. Subscribe (see bottom of the page) and receive a brief email when new poems are posted.

We began with the inauguration speech, seeking submissions that take that rhetoric and draw out life-affirming poetry. That is still available to all.

Check the submission guidelines for more information.


Kelly Lenox writes poetry, translates poetry and prose, and works as a science writer and editor in Durham, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first book, The Brightest Rock, was published in 2017 by Word Tech Editions.


Pamela Taylor is a poet and Cave Canem fellow. She holds an MFA in creating writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her chapbook, My Mother’s Child, was published in 2015 by Hyacinth Girl Press. Pam blogs at A Poet’s Double Life and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.