I’m very fond of Gertrude Stein, mostly because, like me, she was a very odd person who didn’t think she was odd at all. I read most of her books in my twenties, in paperback editions I bought at used bookstores. Now much of her work is available online. I really do wonder what she might have to say about this fin de siecle recently past and the new century. I googled up text from her book Tender Buttons, and used the same redaction tool to blacken Gertrude’s poetry in the same way I blackened the Epistle of James for the Poetry Month Scout <Redacted> Badge:
and The Mercy (White Out).
I’m enjoying fiddling with bits of other people’s poems and other texts so much that I’ve done more of these found exercises (as above) than I need to earn the badges. My mind sort of works in collage, with words as well as images.