Kiss the Words (an erasure poem)

WorldsGreatestLoverPoem (2)

My dearest
I wrote you
like one out of reason

at night when
my passion gets
entirely impossible,
I fear you think me
a little mad.

I have never known
any happiness as ours–
Will you write me
and intoxicate me–

Write the softest words
kiss them that I may
touch my lips
where yours have been.

-Pen Connor 2015


POETIC FORM: An Erasure Poem




To earn the “Picture It” badge, take your inspiration from Tom Phillips’ A Humument ( and create a poem that’s part erasure, part art. Instead of simply marking out the text you don’t need, use markers, crayons, paint and other materials to turn it into a picture. Not a strong artist? Experiment with collage, using cutouts from magazines and other sources to obscure your un-used text. Scan your completed work — or take a picture of it — and upload it to the site. Cite 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: TheWorld’s Greatest Love Letters compiled by Michael Kelahan, page 196