Archives for category: Beat Erasure Poetry

by Alexis Rhone Fancher

I am ice
I am water
I am frost
cut by glass
I am a
whistle thru my teeth
I lose my hat
My eyes are locked
my bones are soup
I am stone
I am mad
I stare out. broken.

“shadowed” is based on “I Am a Shadow” by Diane di Prima.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Writer/photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher is a member of Jack Grapes’ L.A. Poets & Writers Collective. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in RATTLE, BoySlut, The Mas Tequila Review, The Juice Bar, Cultural Weekly, High Coupe, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Tell Your True Tale, The Good Men Project, Bare Hands, 100-Word Stories, The Poetry Super Highway, Le Zaporogue, numerous anthologies, and blogs. Her photographs have been published worldwide, including on the covers of Witness and The Mas Tequila Review. In 2013, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. Visit her at


Haunt Me
by Scott Stoller

haunt me
with fierce colors,

uneven smiles,
& feverish details,

slippery words
either too hot or frozen.

“Haunt Me” is based on “Cabin” by Anne Waldman. Read the original at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Stoller’s work has appeared in many online and print journals and anthologies including Weave, decomP, Prick of the Spindle, and Best Contemporary Tanka. He’s a physician in the west suburbs of Chicago.

by Donna Hilbert

didn’t sleep last night
about   un   we
un   we
in the abstract
dig it
Un   we  is  some  deal
on TV

common   Un   we  is
all      we       have
be deceived
It’s the system
the way things are
it’s    Un   we

“UN WE” is based on “Underwear,” found on page 30 of Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s collection These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems 1955-1993. Read “Underwear” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Hilbert’s latest book, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, is availble from Aortic Books or at The Green Season (World Parade Books), a collection of poems, stories, and essays, is now available in an expanded second edition. Donna appears in and her poetry is the text of the documentary Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, a Christine Fugate film. Earlier books include Mansions and Deep Red from Event Horizon, Transforming Matter and Traveler in Paradise from Pearl Editions, and the short story collection Women Who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them from Staple First Editions (published in England). Poems in Italian can be found in Bloc notes 59 and in French in La page blanche, in both cases translated by Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli. New work is in recent or forthcoming issues of 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, Pearl, and Poets & Artists. Learn more at


As fans of erasure poetry (find out more about this art form at and, Silver Birch Press is accepting submissions of poems that use the writing of Beat authors as source material. For examples of erasure poetry, see this link. If you’d like to participate — and see your work on this blog, here’s the scoop.

1. Select a page from the work of a Beat author (poetry or prose).

2. Photocopy the page, then mark out, white out, circle, or in some other way (see examples), eliminate some of the words. The remaining words constitute your Beat Erasure Poem.

3. Scan (or take a photo of) your marked-up copy and create a PDF or JPG file.

4. Create a separate typed version in MSWord or in an email.

5. Send an email with your erasure poetry to along with your name, contact information, and the Title, edition, and page number of the book.

PHOTO: Jack Kerouac times two.