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Disease Sharpened in Hell (Erasure 1/5)



Disease Sharpened in Hell

you entered my brain

love never wronged me
for I had no desire

a vulture fell upon me
take nothing with caution
I was never old

closed, closed, you laughed
so wise to conceal light


This is an erasure poem made from Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” I’m doing one per page from the 5 pages that comprise the story in the 2004 Barnes & Noble edition of The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. The idea was inspired by Dave Bonta’s erasure series based on Pepys’ Diary, and after doing one of my own from Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” I wanted to go a little deeper into Poe and erasure. I took the titles from the text and allowed myself to use some of the editorial footnotes.


  1. Glad to have helped spark this. I love it!

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