What a joy to tell you that my book of erasure poems — KIN S FUR — has made its way into the world! You can flip through about ten of its pages on my publisher’s website: Deerbrook Editions. And, you can order a copy, as well.
In these poems, I offer a new vision of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm’s controversial “Allerleirauh” (“All Kinds Of Fur”), a lesser-known version of “Cinderella” that opens with incest. Erasing the Grimms’ words to reveal a young woman’s story of her journey to a new, full life, I ask, What would All Kinds Of Fur say if she could tell her own tale? In ALL KINDS OF FUR, the heroine’s words rise.
Erasure is a contemporary poetry-writing practice. Poets begin with a source text of any kind and then “erase” selected words and letters, using one or several methods—such as whiting or blacking out their selections, or “ghosting” them with a gray font. What remains are erasure poems.
In ALL KINDS OF FUR, the tale appears in gray to reveal the erasure poems.
I’ll put more here soon. I’m not used to writing blogs– yet. Peggy, 26 April 2018.