Newspaper Blackout Poetry


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

Above image by leahmackin and below image by Austin Kleon

Image by Austin Kleon

Image by Austin Kleon


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  1. Lizsays:

    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

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

  4. Destinysays:

    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.

  5. Creative way to make poetry, but I think take time to mark with black so many lines… but I think it’s poetry for patient beings

  6. This technique is also a great way to revise old poems that may have otherwise flopped! 😀

  7. The last one is my favorite.

  8. Divyasays:

    This is so cool!! Wow..

  9. Thanks for sharing. I think I’ll use this for gift wrappings too. I can imagine choosing the right words for the right person, or the right words for a particular occasion.

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