Competitions

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!

Orison
Alison Glenny

 
one
 
 
 
Here is the domain
 
                        of the
 
 
 
                        ready-made
 
                        Cry out
 
                        it is otherwise –
 
 
 
There
 
                        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
 
                        when
 
they are
 
                        the opposite –
 
 
 
 
 
Thus it is
 
                        with the map of
 
                        settlements
 
                        a passion prevents
 
                        possession.
 
 
 
Impossible!
 
 
 
Wanting
 
                        a simple contrivance
 
                        to float in the imagination
 
                        he divides
 
                        the concert
 
from dream to reality
 
 
 
 
 
the impulse
 
                        for glory
 
                        perishes
 
                        in his own hands.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
two
 
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
 
oscillation!
 
 
 
 
 
Pretty fancy
 
                        is torn
 
                        asunder
 
 
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
 
                        artifice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 sociopoetic@gmail.com by Saturday 30 November 2013.

Good luck!

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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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