Having succumbed to the use myself [feeling a need to explain to an editor who wouldn’t otherwise get it] I am still saddened to see the term erasure poetry replacing the term of its origins humument/s.
I have written on and about this before here, and I am in fact delighted to actually see the proliferation of this poetic technique under whatever name [there is also black out poetry and more I’m sure], but as Tom Phillips created it, I think we should celebrate this by retaining or at the very least referencing the name and its origins.
So I have:
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A Humument poetry would involve fine art painting/illustration, rather than simply the selection of text, surely? And I don’t think Tom Phillips was the first, though he has certainly popularised it, as has the Blackout Poetry blog and book. But really it’s all rooted in Dada poetics.
Seems pedantically corrective, but I get your point. People who illustrate/paint also call it ‘erasure’ and ‘block out’ and so on. I was simply trying to celebrate someone I like and admire rather than explore a lineage beyond my experience.
Yes, A Humument is great! I hope you know the website, and there’s an iPad app for it as well!
Had an engaged response to the article on Twitter – thanks Tim – and he made the point he’d been writing similarly without knowing humuments. Of course that’s fine, and as I said in my post I was delighted with the ‘proliferation’ of this form, whatever it is called. Tim also made the observation it is all ‘found’ poetry and I think that is spot-on as a summation. For me, Tom Philliips’ work is, yes, to do with illustration [and whatever the lineage…] but it is more than ‘erasing’ text and that’s my focus. And finally, yes: both my links in the post take the reader to much more detailed writing about humuments, and to TP’s site.