Welcome to Emerge, an online tool that enables you to make, save, and send erasure poems—only instead of striking through text you will select words, which are then surfaced. The source texts below are presented in partnership with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, which developed Emerge as part of the Poetry Coalition’s March programming What is it Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy. We encourage you to use Emerge to think about the intersections of poetry and democracy. Much of the language collected in these texts has imagined democracy in particular, defined ways. Can you use this tool to imagine differently?