Umbrella (an erasure poem)


He is surrounded by clouds.
Sheets of rain pouring down
and he dances in the wind,
shimmering and wet.

Out from the shadows,
her umbrella open
against the rain,
her gown is quickly soaked.
She is hidden.

-Pen Connor 2015



POETIC FORM: An Erasure Poem




To earn the White Out badge, first get your hands on a bottle of white out, a white-out pen or white paint. Find a text you don’t mind marking up — or make a photocopy of the text if necessary — and progressively cover up lines of text with white out until only the words composing your erasure poem remain visible. Scan your completed erasure as an image — or take a picture of it — and post it to the site. Note: You must complete this erasure process by hand — no digital tools allowed (you’ll do that for another badge). To see a sample white-out poem, view excerpts from Mary Ruefle’s A Little White Shadow on the Poetry Foundation’s website: Scan or take a picture of your poem and upload it to the site. Credit your source text at the bottom of your post.

PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts)
Found Poetry Review’s 2015 National Poetry Month Project

– April 2015 – 213 poets joined together as a troop to earn digital merit badges for completing experimental and found poetry prompts.
– Prompts are divided into five categories – remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operation.
– Each category offers six distinct badges to be earned.
– Poets choose their own source text.
– For more information, check out

A dear friend and fabulous poet, Von Thompson, is a participant. When she told me about the challenge, I decided to play along at home.


SOURCE TEXT:  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, page 154