A blackout by David Rogers, a student at VCFA

David very kindly let me know about a fun glitch using the TurboScan iPhone app: “Sometimes the transformation from Blackout to ScanOut gives the poem a subtle emphasis that’s transformative.”

Funny enough, I already had the same app on my phone, so I started using the effect on some of my own poems.

—Austin

A blackout by David Rogers, a student at VCFA

David very kindly let me know about a fun glitch using the TurboScan iPhone app: “Sometimes the transformation from Blackout to ScanOut gives the poem a subtle emphasis that’s transformative.”

Funny enough, I already had the same app on my phone, so I started using the effect on some of my own poems.

Austin

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!

Austin

i'd love to use this in my classroom. suggestions? tips? okay with you?

Heck yeah. We love the classroom. Here are some examples and there’s a whole “how to" section in the book, Newspaper Blackout.

A blackout by wordedfeelings:

The young often try to rule.

It’s always fun to see the context of the blackout, what comes before and after. It gives me an idea—it’d be cool to do an exquisite corpse with the same newspaper, and several different people. In this case, if it were my turn, I’d add: “Rather than / adapt…”

—AK

A blackout by wordedfeelings:

The young often try to rule.

It’s always fun to see the context of the blackout, what comes before and after. It gives me an idea—it’d be cool to do an exquisite corpse with the same newspaper, and several different people. In this case, if it were my turn, I’d add: “Rather than / adapt…”

AK

Today is the last day to see the #NewspaperBlackout show in Denton, Texas. Above is the D.I.Y. section of the exhibit, with a gallery of poems made by visitors.

Today is the last day to see the #NewspaperBlackout show in Denton, Texas. Above is the D.I.Y. section of the exhibit, with a gallery of poems made by visitors.

@picky_girl:


  Blackout Poetry Party!

@picky_girl:

Blackout Poetry Party!

Blackout Poem exercise