Today while watching basketball and hanging out with the cat I decided to make some blackout poetry. I learned about the magic of blackout poetry from Austin Kleon.
Here is a list of tools you need to make blackout poetry.
- printed media (newspaper, book, magazine, etc.)
- your brains
The idea of blackout poetry is simple. All you need to do is find a piece of printed media. It could be a newspaper, magazine or book. And then you use your sharpie to cross out all the words you don’t want. All the remaining words become your poem.
Blackout poetry is a surprisingly fun way to spend your time. I encourage you to give it a go.
I used a copy of Journey Magazine. Journey Magazine is produced by AAA. They send it out once a month to all their members. I am a proud AAA member so I receive their crappy magazine. I still like it, even though it sucks.
Here are my blackout poems. I don’t think they are very good, but I do think they are interesting. Next time I do this I will be sure not to use Journey magazine. I’m not a huge fan of their words.
The best spots
for benches are sunny
it’s strange that history flies
through cultivated gravel paths
50 species walk to see
lupines in June
The meadows are
an enhanced member
the right way to know how
to rig a better mind
Can’t wait to hit
the adventures ahead.
Mount Rushmore piqued
my breathtakingly beautiful