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
How to get one of my newspaper blackout prints for less than $20
- Buy a copy of Newspaper Blackout and tear out your favorite poem
- Obtain a cheap 8x10 frame w/ a 5x7 matte, maybe from IKEA.
- Frame your poem.
Of course, the same method will work with any of your favorite illustrations from Steal Like An Artist — just substitute a square frame with a 5x5 matte.
Use scrap paper to block out words and letters until you’ve “discovered” a secret message in the cover. Your message might be a sentence, a phrase, or even a single word.
Says reader Tabinda:
an afternoon in my favourite coffee shop led to this
See more poems in progress.
Afternoon blackout poetry in the Cody Center
Blackouts by MissJLud's students