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.

Beginning with the inauguration speech, we seek submissions that take that rhetoric and draw out life-affirming poetry. As time goes by, newer texts will be offered.

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.