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Poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon has discovered a new way to read between the lines. Armed with a daily newspaper and a permanent marker, he constructs through deconstruction--eliminating the words he doesn't need to create a new art form: Newspaper Blackout poetry.
Highly original, Kleon's verse ranges from provocative to lighthearted, and from moving to hysterically funny, and undoubtedly entertaining. The latest creations in a long history of "found art," <em>Newspaper Blackout</em> will challenge you to find new meaning in the familiar and inspiration from the mundane.
<em>Newspaper Blackout</em> contains original poems by Austin Kleon, as well as submissions from readers of Kleon's popular online blog and a handy appendix on how to create your own blackout poetry.
any further. Put down this book and try it out. Not convinced? Think you’re not a poet? Check out the poems at the end of this book—they were all made by folks just like you . . . from newspaper articles that were one hundred years old! Okay, maybe you’ll still have a couple questions. Here are questions a few folks have asked me: What newspaper should I use? Whatever’s around! No need to get fancy. You can use a national paper or your little hometown paper. You can use today’s,
the trees for the forest. I like to think of blackout poems like those old “Word Find” and “Word Search” puzzles we used to do in elementary school—a field of letters with hidden messages to find. The more I treat the newspaper as raw material and less as writing, the better my poems get. Your results may vary, of course. Try it both ways and see what happens. Okay, I’ve made some poems. Now what? It’s up to your imagination. When I first started doing the poems, I’d use the little
hour at work. “It looked pretty easy,” she said. “Just pick out a few words and string them together somehow, sort of like refrigerator magnet poetry. Wrong! I struggled for several days before coming up with something that sounded and looked just right.” I love the restraint of Erica’s poem, and the top-heavy black space. As I’ve blacked out in one of my own poems, “What sounds simple never comes across as dense with effort, but try it and see!” Afterword to the eBook Edition It’s hard to
in the editing process. Since this is the electronic edition, and digital pages don’t add heft or cost, I thought I’d include them here. Of course, I’m still making poems every day alongside my small army of coconspirators. Stop by NewspaperBlackout.com to read them and share your own. Austin Kleon 2013 Previously Unpublished Poems Tell Your Friends! Did you enjoy this book? Please click below to share it with your friends. (Or, if you're reading this on a device with no Internet
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