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Redactions to Reveal: Poetry in an Age of Censorship

The censorship of artists is not a new practice, but it feels lately like events and structures are realigning the boundaries of personal expression. As regimes attempt to artists still struggle to slowly peel back the dark spaces when words fail to rise to the surface. s a collection of 70 poems chosen from his earlier redaction project, in which 333 poems by well-known poets were beautifully printed on parchment paper before — without pausing to think or go back to correct his markings — Gosslee set out to rework them. This project explored the manipulation of the written word; ultimately, the 70 poems selected for speak to the toll erasure takes on any given artist. Likewise, the collection highlights how an artist can feel empowered to seek a world of new meaning and relevance, while creating a space between personal expression

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