Reaction to Redaction

Erasure poets are known to find

Poetry in words still left  behind

Where blackened words have taken flight

The remaining words shine extra bright.

What censors block with zeal and zest

Thinking that only they know best

The remaining words have extra meaning

Because they have escaped the censors’ screening.

An erasure poem may look like a redacted document, but it has the opposite aim: to elucidate a hidden truth, not hide an obvious one; to create something new, not just remove what’s there. Still, redacted documents can be a hoot to read for poets who make the same decisions about which words to keep or cut.

From the Erasure Poets are Turning Heavily Redacted Mueller Report into  Art

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