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One Writer Is Creating Her Own Poetry By Erasing Words From Pages Of "Infinite Jest"

"Some poems are direct responses to Wallace's life and work; others are instances in which I find myself in."

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Jenni B. Baker is creating her own poetry by erasing words from pages of David Foster Wallace's classic novel Infinite Jest.

Courtesy Jenni Baker

Baker, who started working on the project in 2013, told BuzzFeed she was inspired to do this project as a coping mechanism after the author died.

Here at 13 of the poems Baker shared with us:


1. "Partway through Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace writes, 'It’s weird to feel like you miss someone you’re not even sure you know,'" she said.

2. "Following Wallace’s death in 2008, those of us who found meaning in his work were suddenly confronted with this enormous loss; I grappled with how to make something out of his absence for several years."


6. "On one end, you have the Wallace devotees who congregate on the Wallace-I email list and Howling Fantods site. On the other, you have those who don’t get it and don’t care," she said.

7. "I’ve read the book and loved it, but try to count myself among the first group I mentioned — those who talk obsessively about Wallace and Infinite Jest among like-minded friends, but who don’t pester others too much about it."

10. "This makes the text a rich source for found poetry in a way that longer novels by traditional authors — think Charles Dickens or John Steinbeck – aren’t."


You can check out more about Jenni B. Baker's project and other writing on her website.


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