Last year around this time I was finishing a chapbook project, a page by page erasure of the long short-story The Yellow Wallpaper. The story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, about an oppressed housewife driven mad, is around 30 pages; perfect for erasure. In typical erasure, a poet blacks-out words of the text she doesn't want to be part of her poem, the words that remain, usually in the order they appear in the original text, are the poem. For my project, any word in any order on a page was fair game. I didn't create visual erasures which could be reproduced directly from the text, but used each page essentially as a word list I had to write from and lineated the poems as I saw fit. The resulting short poems are untitled and form a series which is based on the story's themes but diverges.
Anyhow, on to the good news! After about a year of submitting the manuscript, it recently won the Summer Tidepool Chapbook Contest at C&R Press! Publication is set for summer 2019. I'm really excited to see this project come to full fruition. It was so much fun and the resulting voice of the poems is quite different from my other work. Thank you C&R Press! Stay tuned for pre production updates and details on how to order your copy.