What makes me tic #790

November 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Okay, maybe this isn’t tic #790, but I think I’ve lost count.

I recently learned about newspaper blackout poems by Austin Kleon. You can see his site here.

Basically he takes a black Sharpie and covers words in New York Times articles, leaving behind unblocked words to form a poem. What an awesome idea. In my creative writing class we put our markers to it, and got to blacking out articles in local newspapers. I found that it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Mine didn’t turn out great, but it was cool to see articles transformed into something completely different.

I took an article that was a bio about a trans-parent, artist and activist, and came up with this:

couldn't go back/out of place/We dreamed/what for/life was pot/eventually/It was/time

It reads:

couldn’t go back

out of place

We dreamed

                                                                                                                                                                                                        what for

life                                                                                                                                                        was                                                                 pot


                                                                                                It was                time

Not the best poem ever, but I think I’ll keep trying this out. And you can too! All you need is a black marker and your favorite newspaper. Look for interesting articles, or at least ones with interesting words. Kleon suggests starting by finding words in the article that stand out. He likens it to a word finding puzzle. He challenges himself by trying to take an article and transform its meaning with the poem.

Happy censoring!


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