April 12, 2013 Shanley

April is National Poetry Month. While not all of us are naturally gifted at meter and metaphors, there are still many ways to get creative with words. One such way is with “blackout poetry.” All you have to do is grab a marker and some kind of text—an old newspaper, a magazine article, or a page from a book (as long as it’s not a library book!). Choose words and phrases that you want the poem to be comprised of, then black out the rest. Instead of having to come up with the right words to say, you are creating poetry through the art of subtraction.

For more inspiration, check out Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon. 

You can also visit his webpage, where you can read others’ work and submit a blackout poem of your own.

Blackout Poetry