a creative approach to making poetry – Newspaper Blackout Poetry

Austin Kleon makes poetry by blacking out words on a newspaper except the words he wants to link into poetry. He calls it Newspaper Blackout Poems. This is an interesting and creative approach to writing poetry, almost like found objects for art. I can see the technique being used in classrooms, or appealing to people who have trouble starting to write. It looks fun to write and to read.

I particularly like his poem The demands of being human.

You can read more of his poetry–and see the images of the blacked out newspaper–at his site.

Found via Kottke.org

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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