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Blackout Poetry: Finding Stories in the Words

Imagine looking at a page full of words and seeing a story begin to appear. That’s what happens with blackout poetry. It’s the story you tell from the words already told… mostly. Let me show you what I mean….

Here’s how to create your own blackout poetry:

Gather your supplies:

  • a page from a book, newspaper, or magazine
  • a permanent marker – might be black, but doesn’t have to be
  • a pencil
  • maybe a pair of readers – some of us need them! 🙂
  • your imagination and curiosity

Next, scan the page for cool words. Blackout (fancy word: redact) the words you won’t use. But, wait! Before you commit to blacking out the unused words, be sure you’ve selected the words you want. To do this, you can draw a lightly penciled box around the words you want to use. Read your poem from left to right, top to bottom.

Once you’ve selected your words and you’re liking what you’ve ‘written,’ it’s time to black out all the rest. Congratulations! You’ve created your blackout poetry. Awesome job!

Now what to do with your new poetry? We’ll be talking about that tonight.

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April is our first month and tonight is our kick-off of virtual creative workshops. Invites have gone out for tonight’s Wordplay Wednesday event… we’re making our own blackout poetry. Want to join us? Subscribe by 4:00 PM EST today and we’ll get invite information to you by 6:45 until seats are filled. Our next event is Mixed-Media Friday, April 10th. We’ll be learning about bookmaking and making one of our own. Subscribe for details and an invite if you miss tonight’s event.

Hope to see you!