How to Create a Strikethrough Poem


A strikethrough poem is intended as a score for choreography. Its structure occurs in the following five stages:

Stage I asks that you provide an original poem, two stanzas of six lines each; it must not exceed or fall short of these requirements. When the time comes to use your score in the studio, think of each stage as having a corresponding choreographic sequence.

In Stage II, you will be asked to strikethrough six lines of the poem you provide. Upon submitting the strikethrough, a series of six randomly generated fill-in-the-blanks will appear. What you decide to write should be interpreted as movement instructions, each preceded by either an “omit” or an “insert.” The “omit” and “insert” function as markers of how the choreographic sequence will be informed by these new instructions.

Stage III will apply the strikethrough to the chosen lines. At this time, these lines will disappear and your poem will be reformatted to accommodate the erasures.

In Stage IV, you will be asked to strikethrough three lines of the newly formatted poem. Then, repeat the process from Stage II in this stage. Expect only three fill-in-the-blanks to appear, preceded by either an “omit” or an “insert.”

Stage V will—like Stage III—apply the new strikethrough to the chosen lines, reformatting your poem for one final time.


An option will appear to view the final poem, at which point you may view all stages of the strikethrough process.


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