This erasure poem is the third-prize winner of the Young Poets Network Erasure Poetry Challenge in 2021. It uses as its source text page 252 of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (Penguin Books, 1972).

Drowning My Heart in Dementia

by Tara Awate

she never had a clear notion of the invention of her uselessness / her memory / she was to discover / in the shadows / that bulk / and colour, / admitting defeat. everything she forgot / the house / her wedding ring, / the children / Quite simply, / every member of the family / losing something / where they could not reach it. (This erasure poem is taken from a page from a book. The background is blacked out in blue and red paint, with the red forming a heart

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