Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon

Finished reading “Newspaper Blackout” by Austin Kleon. For examples of blackout poems, click here.

I took a pamphlet I purchased in New Orleans and had a blackout poetry contest with my friend. We sat down with three pages of text and a marker. She finished first. Still, it was fun to look at a sea of words and not read them in the order the author intended but instead search for a word that could follow what came before.

This book has a great outline of the history of newspaper blackout and instructions on how to do it yourself. Give it a try!

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