Blackout Poetry

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, 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:

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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?


About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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