Today, we read Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach’s erasure of Putin’s speech declaring war on Ukraine. We talked about why she chose that particular text to erase and the power she was able to take by controlling Putin’s words. We also discussed the various ways that she made the words do the things she needed and how she made the rules for this particular poem. We looked at a number of different texts–including an article on school lunch, a speech by Trump about immigration, and an article about teen cell phone use–and each student chose one to erase. Here are a few of our final products!




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.