Erase the Patriarchy is now available for preorder from University of Hell Press! This book is printed in full color and is absolutely gorgeous. It was an honor to curate this anthology of erasures of historical documents, apologies, public statements, and news stories from the US and across the globe.
Thanks so much to our contributors for sending such fantastic work:
Ashely Adams, Amy Ash, Victorio Reyes Asili, Andrea Avery, Stacey Balkun, Iris Miriam Bloomfield, Chelsea Margaret Bodnar, Meghann Boltz, Liz Bowen, Tara Shea Burke, sally burnette, Tara Campbell, Zann Carter, Shane Jesse Christmass, Caitlin Cowan, Krista Cox, Laura Desiano, Deborah Fass, Caren Florance, Kegan Gaspar, Sarah Gerard, Callie Gill, Tracy Gold, Elisabeth Mehl Greene, Meg E. Griffitts, Raye Hendrix, C.M. Mildred Kabik, Joel Larson, Katie Manning, Christopher Martinez, Kate Middleton, Ash Miranda, Rachel Anna Neff, Genevieve Pfeiffer, Marcella Prokop, Adra Raine, Sarah Lyn Rogers, Maggie Rosenau, Ki Russell, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Jerrod Schwarz, kip shanks, Melinda Smith, Kitty Stryker, Rachel Sucher, Addie Tsai, Joanna C. Valente, Jodi Versaw, Alex Vigue, Tyler Vile, Emily Walling, Logan K. Young, Abigail Zimmer
Praise for all this can be yours
“Isobel O’Hare’s erasure poems, made from the redacted statements of celebrities accused of sexual assault and harassment during the #MeToo reckoning, went viral after [they] posted them on social media. Reading the resulting poems all together, in all this can be yours, is rather like accessing a Rorschach image or a photographic negative of the cultural blind spots and dissimulations of those accused. The rationalizations of offenders like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C. K. are thrown into a stark, morally astringent relief, while the poems—for they are most definitely poems—highlight the critical intelligence of a writer who understands how language is a camouflage for abusers.” – Meisha Rosenberg,
“Poet Isobel O’Hare’s all this can be yours employs the timeless art of strategic Sharpie redaction to bring this dissembling into starker relief.” – Charlotte Shane,
“These poems offer fierce explorations of the truth hidden behind apologies intended to explain away or dilute culpability, rather than accept responsibility. The result is a powerful collection that opens up a wider conversation surrounding sexual assault and the need for change on a systemic level.”
– Literary Hub
“Isobel O’Hare calls this remarkable project erasure, but I would call it redaction. Only it subverts that political tool by blacking out in these testimonies all that is—finally—anodyne, to expose the most sensitive information, or rather, to let the abusers expose themselves. Brilliant! We need such radical poetic methods to change the discourse around sexual abuse. And we need poets like Isobel O’Hare. all this can be yours slyly fulfills its promise.” – Jody Gladding
Isobel O’Hare is a poet and essayist who has dual Irish and American citizenship. They are the author of the chapbooks Wild Materials (Zoo Cake Press, 2015) and The Garden Inside Her (Ladybox Books, 2016) as well as a full-length collection of erasures of celebrity sexual assault apologies, all this can be yours (University of Hell Press, 2018). They followed up this collection with the anthology Erase the Patriarchy (University of Hell Press, 2020).
Two of O’Hare’s poems appeared in A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press, 2017). A collaboration with the poet Sarah Lyn Rogers was published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Six of O’Hare’s erasures were published in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 (Bettering Books, 2019). Three of O’Hare’s poems appear in Casita Poems, an anthology of alumni poets of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation (Jambu Press, 2019).
O’Hare graduated summa cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., where they were awarded the Mary Boyle McCrory Award for Excellence in Writing. They went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. O’Hare has also been the recipient of awards from Split This Rock and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.