Erasure poetry is a form of found poetry where words are taken away from an existing text, similar to redaction of classified documents. The words that remain reveal poetry in writing that is not inherently poetic.
The poems displayed here are sourced from four different dystopian novels, with themes including the existence of fact through memory; women’s bodies as political instruments; language as a tool of power; the causes of complacency; environmental and economic crises; racial and ethnic tensions; immigration; institutionalized population control; and perceptions of otherness.
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
Part of Future: Made Here via Hennepin Theatre Trust. Photo by Steven Lang.