blackout poetry, a zennish practice you can do anywhere

We recently came across a great example of blackout poetry, poems made by blacking out words in an existing piece of writing, to forge a poem or song with what’s left. Tasha S. tried her hand and “saw a love story between a ghost and a mortal”.

Tasha’s “first crack” made us realize that blackout is a practice that you can anywhere, even sitting on a train with nothing but a tabloid to read. We’ve seen the Great Gatsby redacted into poems. We found an inspiring tumblr full.

We especially like this one by Austin Kleon, who made them famous with his book Newspaper Blackout:

Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon

 

via A City that Endures

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