We are very pleased to announce that ‘Orison’ by Alison Glenny has won the erasure
poetry competition.

We were truly impressed by the way the poem transformed the original text, and touched by the depth of feeling it drew from the limited words available.

Congratulations, Alison!

Alison Glenny

Here is the domain
                        of the
                        Cry out
                        it is otherwise –
                        the sycophant compels him
                        to proclaim aloud
                        the truth
the correlative –
                        not a thing but
                        instrumentality of things.
He moans
                        so intimately wedded
                        to substance even
they are
                        the opposite –
Thus it is
                        with the map of
                        a passion prevents
                        a simple contrivance
                        to float in the imagination
                        he divides
                        the concert
from dream to reality
the impulse
                        for glory
                        in his own hands.
We have seen
                        the secret:
                        all men are free
                        so very dear
                        at any price
soil does not exist
                        nor soap and candles
                        shoes and clothes.
                        The beauty in this
Pretty fancy
                        is torn
the law
                        falls to pieces
                        he thirsts
                        for impediments
What becomes of sentiment?
It avails him nothing
                        the end of the world has come
                        the absence of all
tout sera pour le mieux
The wave
can wash them away
                        the promised land
                        the shameless land
                        lavishing the stream
The only thing that interests us
                        the secret
                        proclaimed on the housetops –
                        the fundamental condition
                        the annihilation of words.


Erasure poetry competition 2013

We are excited to announce an open-entry erasure poetry competition!

In the spirit of sociopoetic, the text is none other than Karl Marx’s Chapter 33 of Capital: The Modern Theory of Colonisation.

The winner will be announced at the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand’s annual conference dinner, be published here on sociopoetic, and receive a small (yet delightful) prize.

How to do it:

  • To work in hardcopy, print out Chapter 33 and take to it with a marker pen or white out fluid – ‘erasing’ unwanted words until your poem emerges
  • For digital creations, copy the Chapter 33 text into a word processing document, and delete
  • You can format the poem with line breaks, capitalisation, and punctuation.

There are some rules:

  • Poems must be created solely from words found in Chapter 33 (including its footnotes)
  • Words must be used in the order they appear in the text
  • Letters may be combined to make new words, but letters may not be reordered.

To enter:

Send your poem in the body of an email to by Saturday 30 November 2013.

Good luck!


4 thoughts on “Competitions

  1. Hi.
    So just to clarify. As an example, if the word was “independent” I could erase “in” and make the word “dependent”?

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