I saw someone online making erasure poems out of their query rejections and thought it might be fun. I love erasure poems, but maybe “fun” is the wrong word here — too much bitterness and dejection at play. I’ve not queried in a long, long while.
Note: there are four versions of a single rejection below. The fourth version is pretty much the gist of letter — in other words not done in the true spirit of erasure poems which seek to pervert the original meaning or discover some other meaning. I include it anyway.
Speaking of one of my detailed and well-imagined characters (Eliza Lucas Pinckney), here are a few erasure poems based on a single letter to her father.