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Three Erasure Poems

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by Isobel O’Hare

A couple weeks ago I started blacking out celebrity sexual assault statements/apologies. You can see some of the results here and read an interview about it here. The project unexpectedly went viral, and University of Hell Press will publish a collection of my erasures, titled all this can be yours, in February (with proceeds going to RAINN and Futures Without Violence). 

I wasn’t sure if I would continue the project, as going viral and trending on Twitter was such a nerve-wracking experience, but apparently I can’t help myself. These statements are begging to be erased, and I’ll keep erasing them as long as the spirit moves me.

 

a question I run from

(Louis CK)

 

women attacking me

(Russell Simmons)

 

so this is just stupid

(James Toback)

 


About the Author:

Isobel O’Hare is a poet and essayist who has dual Irish and American citizenship. They are the author of the chapbooks Wild Materials (Zoo Cake Press, 2015), The Garden Inside Her (Ladybox Books, 2016) and Heartbreak Machinery (forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2018). Two of their poems appeared in A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault, published in 2017 by Civil Coping Mechanisms Press. A collaborative poem written with Sarah Lyn Rogers will appear in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, forthcoming in 2018 from Black Lawrence Press. Their collection of erasures of public statements by celebrities accused of sexual assault, all this can be yours, is forthcoming from University of Hell Press in March 2018. They are accepting submissions for an anthology of erasures, called Erase the Patriarchy, at the email address: erasethepatriarchy [at] gmail [dot] com.