An erasure poem of the president’s Columbus Day proclamation.
European settlements on[to]
and generosity love of family
strengthen the fabric of
replace. his radical
ideology and its adherents—
inherently sinister orthodoxy. We
must not give in to these tactics. We
must teach future generations about our heritage—
To ensure that we
encourage educators to teach
stand against those who spread hate.
On this day we m[u]st
by virtue of the authority vested in
the people, observe this day with appropriate ceremonies
and give all
Leila K. Norako is an assistant professor of English at the University of Washington (Seattle) where she teaches courses in medieval literature and culture, medievalism, and the digital humanities. Her first chapbook, Nautilus, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2019.
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Proclamation on Columbus Day, 2020
[The White House]