Poetry: We Have Always Lived

A Halloween Erasure of Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”

Holly Lyn Walrath
Oct 31 · 2 min read
Image Courtesy Jack Gittoes

It’s my favorite day of the year, so I thought I’d share a poem from my back catalogue of published work. This poem is an erasure/blackout of Shirley Jackson’s book We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

In case you’re unaware of this form, erasures are a type of found poetry where you “erase” words from a found text and the words left behind form a poem.

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED

Happy Halloween! For more spooky poems, check out my website or the following poems on Medium:


This poem originally appeared in Zoetic Press Nonbinary Review, Issue#15 (November 2017).

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I'm a writer, editor, and poet. Find me online at www.hlwalrath.com.

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We are a biannual literary mag looking for writing that breaks through the mundane reality of our daily lives.