To help foster perspective in this difficult election year, the ERASE-TRANSFORM Poetry Project broadens to include to ALL sources of political speech. We now invite you to erase—and thereby transform—stump speeches, debate transcripts, party platforms, congressional proceedings, and yes, tweets, to find the poetry and visual art lurking therein. We look for work that draws life-affirming poetry and art out of those source texts.
We began with the inauguration speech, then moved on to the State of the Union address. We still accept erasures of those texts, but are emphasizing election year speech.
Sources can go beyond candidates and office-holders, and the politics can be state, local, tribal, federal, regional, global, you name it. It should be English, though it need not be from the U.S. We do ask that you provide a link to the source text you used to create your erasure poem or artwork.
Submissions are evaluated on a rolling basis. We strive to respond within a month of receipt. Should you not hear from us after 2 months, please query. Life is full and challenging, as is technology, and we do our best to keep up.
We are committed to providing this platform for transforming political speech into poetry and art, in hopes that it might inspire other transformative actions. We will post new work regularly, so check back often. Better yet, Subscribe (see bottom of the page) and receive a brief email when new poems are posted.
Check the submission guidelines for more information.
Kelly Lenox writes poetry, translates poetry and prose, and works as a science writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. 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.