“the naked eye may send”

Deborah-Zenha Adams created “the naked eye may send” from The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise by M. E. Hard (1908). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Deborah-Zenha Adams writes:

My process for erasure poems is not particularly interesting, and probably not particularly original. I begin by selecting a few pages from any piece of text. I scan them for strong nouns and verbs, and I also look for compound words or words-within-words that might yield an unexpected turn to the poem. There is usually one word or phrase that becomes the core of the work; once I find that, the poem reveals itself. The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise seemed like the sort of text that would veer off in a direction different from fiction works. Sure enough, “naked eye” jumped out immediately.


Also by Deborah-Zenha Adams at Heron Tree: “hold the world.”