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WHAT IS "BLACKOUT POETRY"

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WHAT IS BLACKOUT POETRY?
AUSTIN KLEON
"I AM A WRITER WHO DRAWS"
Poetry made by editing words out using a permanent marker, leaving behind only a few words to make a poem.
"It is the art of destroying writing and creating something new and unique"
Poet's Corner
"Writing wasn't fun anymore"
"It didn't feel like work, it felt like
Play"
WRITING SHOULD BE
FUN.
http://austinkleon.com/
In the Suburbs, in the yard hanging out I compared my life to my boyhood Like it did not belong
in Love all you can do is fail so badly the first time the rest u don't mind at all
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BLACKOUT POEM
1. FIND YOUR
ANCHOR
Start by looking for a word, or a combination of words that forms an image in your head.
***THE BEST IMAGES ARE USUALLY MADE UP OF NOUNS AND VERBS***
2. ON THE PAGE
MOVE AROUND
Find words and phrases you can link to that anchor.
ALSO,
Try not to have a preconceived notion of where you want to go
Keep in mind the Westerner's reading pattern (left to right/ top to bottom)
BUT YOU CAN BREAK THIS RULE
You can add a "directional" or"rivers", which are little trails of white spaces to help lead the readers in between the words
NEVER READ THE ARTICLES.
You must treat the newspaper as raw material
RECOMMENDATIONS
Draw boxes around the words phrases you like, then block out the unwanted words later.
chisel-tip markers for heavy-duty marking


fine-point felt tip marker for detail work
BUT
you can also use pen, pencil, paint, etc. Anything that is convenient for you.
Keep in mind, it don't have to strictly stick to using newspapers. You can also use old book and magazines.
"Sometimes the words don't come. So I make pictures" - Austin Kleon
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