Gravity's Rain 331 or The White Continuum
Erasing. Black and White. Pynchon made poignant or problematic or paranoid or just plain wrong.
I tried my hand at erasure poetry today. I wanted to use a text that I thought would have some thick pages full of meaty phrases. What could be more verbose and dense than Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. I took a quick snap of it with my iPhone and then used the Markup feature to mess with it. Here's what it looks like:
If I were to write this poem out, it would go like this:
"Gravity's Rain 331 or The White Continuum"
by Stephen Hebert
holding off, waiting
a fatal mistake.
write and wrong.
the white continuum plots
—— sick children
in levels of power ——
aboard a ship of policy,
allowed to hunt.