I’m not sure when I first saw an example of Blackout Poetry but it was by a guy called Austin Kleon. He takes a piece of newspaper and blacks out all but a few words, to create a piece of poetry.
Here is an article he wrote about how it started and what it involves. He calls it “like if the CIA did haiku”.
You can find a million examples of his work on Newspaperblackout.com, but here is one that I really like.
Inevitably I had to have a go myself. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and last week I finally got around to it:
It’s kinda hard to read, I know. I should scan it in like Kleon does. But it says:
another was beaten another body open to the enemy fighting the bloody struggle until peace
What do you think?