Today, I wrote erasure poems with my classes. We had just read a personal essay about dealing with dyslexia and, as a companion activity, read and discussed much of Dana Guthrie Martin’s Diagnostic Impressions (which I was proud and happy to edit) in order for the students to both get a glimpse into the emotional impact of the diagnosis as well as the experience of the dyslexic reader.
Today, we took Dana’s original long poem, “(diagnostic),” and used it to create erasures, partly as an artistic exercise but also as a way for the kids to practice seeing text in a non-linear way. I truly think that their creations were WAY better than mine, but here is the one that I came up with for today’s NaPo draft. (Sorry about the quality – click to view it larger.)
Typed, it would read:
when two people
a part ,