the world’s largest entertainment computer
he lacks the desire
–Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz
I wrote my very first Newspaper Blackout Poem (above) at the BookPeople release party for Austin Kleon’s first poetry book, the aptly titled Newspaper Blackout.
I had been introduced to Mr. Kleon (a local artist) and his work at a Pecha Kucha event here in Austin, Texas, and loved this new form of poetry the moment I experienced it.
Mr. Kleon starts with a newsprint article from the New York Times, and then, like Michaelangelo chipping away the marble that wasn’t David, Mr. Kleon uses a marker to black out the words that aren’t his poem.
He describes the process on his website:
Grab a newspaper.
Grab a marker.
Find an article.
Cross out words, leaving behind the ones you like.
Pretty soon you’ll have a poem.
I loved creating my poem, and was amazed to find that being limited to using the words printed on the page was strangely liberating — as was the act of marking through words with a permanent marker.
No going back.
What’s done is done.
That’s all she wrote.
Hey, it’s National Poetry Month. Why not make your own blackout poem to celebrate?
This is really good idea. Very creative. Might have to try it.
How cool is this?!! I’m going to try it with some of my writing students this week!
What a cool way to celebrate found poetry.