It all started with a book.
This site is a companion to the book, Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting newspapers with a permanent marker. The book contains my original poems, a 250-year-old history of finding poetry in the newspaper, and a “How-To” section to get readers started making their own poems. Here’s what some folks have said about it:
"Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need."
— NPR’s Morning Edition
“Brilliant.” — New York Magazine
“[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.” — The New Yorker
Now it’s your turn.
This site is a place where I encourage folks to try out the method and share their own poems. Here’s how it’s done:
- Get a copy of Newspaper Blackout or check out the "how-to" tag for tips on how to make a blackout poem.
- Grab a marker and a newspaper and make your poem.
- Head over to the submission form to share a photo or a scan of what you come up with.
Who’s behind all this?
How did this all get started?
I get a lot of questions about the origins / background of this project. This Newshour piece has most of the story: