9/22/2019 RHINO Poetry Forum: Workshop with Bill Yarrow

Erasure in Poetry

Just as there are two approaches to sculpture—additive and subtractive—there are two approaches to writing poems: piling word on word and phrase on phrase until a form emerges, or carving away dross to reveal the hidden form buried in a block of language. This workshop will explore the idea of erasure both in writing and in improving our own poems. Participants will create their own erasure poems in class.

Bill Yarrow, Professor of English at Joliet Junior College and an editor at the online journal Blue Fifth Review, is the author of Accelerant, Against Prompts, The Vig of Love, Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences, and five chapbooks. His work also appears in the anthologies Aeolian Harp, Volume One; This is Poetry: The Midwest Poets; and Beginnings: How 14 Poets Got Their Start. He has been published widely in both national and international journals and has been nominated eight times for a Pushcart Prize