Blackout Poetry

I came across this very interesting concept a couple weeks ago and discovered it’s an actual art form. So what is blackout poetry? Well, an artist takes a piece of printed material, whether a page out of a book, newspaper, article, etc. and draws swirls or images all over it, blacking out most of the words. BUT, the key is that select words are left untouched, creating a poem. Fascinating, huh?

So I thought I’d give it a try. I approached mine more like a doodle, which is why the scrawlings are kind of random. Perhaps that’s why the people who make these are considered artists, not writers. Anyway, I’ve seen some gorgeous pictures of blacked out drawings that relate to the topic of the poem. I won’t re-post them here because of copyright issues, but type “blackout poetry” into Google and be amazed at what pops up.

Blackout poetry

Copyright Angela Wallace 2013

Not the best “poem” lol, but it was a fun exercise to try. If any of you feel an itch to give it a go, I’d love to see what you come up with!

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10 comments on “Blackout Poetry

  1. Jen Kirchner says:

    This is AWESOME! I want to try this!

  2. Alina Sayre says:

    Wow, that is super, super cool! I love both your artistic skill and the words that are left on the page :)

  3. Suzie says:

    I think you did a pretty good job for a first try. I’ve never heard of this kind of poetry before, but I can certainly see the allure.

    • Thanks Suzie! About 3/4 into it I realized I should have changed the doodle style to show “stanzas.” So there’s some visual segregation I didn’t intend. Oh well, it was a first try. ;)

  4. I’ve never heard of this before, but that’s pretty darn cool!

  5. This was so cool! I don’t think I have the art skills to do this myself, but please post your future blackout poetry :)

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