10-year-old students in New Zealand throw a blacked out blackout poetry party
Ginnie Thorner, a teacher at St. Andrew’s College in New Zealand, sent me this note:
On Friday night we had a Poetry Party and invited families [so the students could] share some of the approximately 150 poems that they had crafted and published across the year. There were about 20 blackout poems that the students decided to display in a small room. They blacked out the windows so that it was totally dark and guests went into the room and read by torch light (or cell phone light).
This is the coolest idea ever! I might steal it. Thanks to Ginnie and her students!
The folks at Duarte Design try out some blackout poetry
During a lunch break dedicated to enjoying “Analog Time” we gathered newspapers, magazines, photo copies of novels, lots of Sharpies, and started creating by subtracting. By the end of the hour, we had some incredible poems, and a solid buzz from the Sharpie fumes. Each of the poems was wildly different, even when they were created from the same passage of text. Some were hilarious, some were heartwarming, and at least one was pretty racy.
Poring over which words to omit, I realized that creating blackout poetry is similar to creating a great presentation. You start with a lot of stuff, you study it all and make decisions on what to eliminate and what to highlight, and at the end you are left with the few essential elements that work together to tell a story.
See more classrooms trying out blackouts
Afternoon blackout poetry in the Cody Center
Blackouts by MissJLud's students
.@katiemacb’s Creative writing class does blackout poetry!