A bookmark that lets you black out any page on the web.
In case you missed it, here’s a brief history of blackout poetry.
I’ve published a brief history of Newspaper Blackout and this site over on Medium. Give it a read!
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.”
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 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…”