Blackout Poetry

March 21st is World Poetry Day adopted at UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999; Poetry, being recognized as the unique ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

Blackout poetry is a technique to reclaim a ready composition.The image of few framed words or illustrations alongside these words – all crafted from an existing piece of literature change the impact of both the art and the words. Merging art with words is a unique experience in itself, and blackout poetry brings an interesting convergence of visual and written ideation.

So, here’s some inspiration to make your own! You’ll need a printed page, from an old book, magazine or even the newspaper and a single black marker at the very least. Find YOUR words, highlight them and black out all the rest!

Here’s a video by Austen Kleon, author of Newspaper Blackout sharing his process of creating his Blackout Poetry from newspapers.

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