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Newspaper Blackout Poetry

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Sometimes in life you can only grasp the true beauty of things when you read between the lines. That is exactly what Austin Kleon has been doing to old newspapers. Using a black marker, he takes away the words he doesn’t need, creating new poetic verses. He has compiled his poetry into a book called Newspaper Blackout and invites others to upload their own blackout poetry on his Tumblr page. It’s like a new twist on magnetic poetry that will leave you unable to look at a newspaper in the same way again! Check out some of the amazing poetry in the archives of newspaperblackout.com.

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  1. I really like this, but calling it “newspaper blackout poetry” is incorrect. This style is called “erasure” and most of these entries are done on the pages of books. Consider changing the name. The poems on their own are really interesting.

  2. Hi,
    I’ve just linked this website in a post i’ve just made on teaching poetry in the ESL classroom. Thanks
    Caroline
    http://directorschair.es/2013/08/03/be-creative-resource-round-up-ii/

  3. Interesting style. I occasionally do this with old notebooks & journals.

  4. I did a project like this my Freshman year of high school and never appreciated it as much as I appreciate it now. Such a beautiful style of poetry.

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