How To Write A Blackout Poem

The poetry of the earth is never dead. – John Keats

Today I would like to share with you how to write a blackout form.

This is not exactly a poem, but an art.

It is a fairly simple way to do a poem, but it can end up being absolutely stunning.

Now, I guess I should talk about how to do it.

First get a piece of paper that is already covered in writing. It can be from a newspaper or a book that you no longer want or anything as long as it has plenty of words on it. Do be aware that you will no longer be able to use this page for its original purpose, so don’t use a paper that you are going to need like your homework or a page of a book that you like and want.

Now that you have a page read through it. After you read through it read through it again this time paying closer attention to the words. I usually start lightly marking words that I might use with pencil at this point.

Figure out what you want to say and how to say it with the words on the page because those are all the words that you have.

Once you know what words you are going to use mark them somehow so they don’t get covered up.

Now that you have your poem, you need to cover up the remaining words.

You can do this by just taking a black marker and covering up.

Or you can draw over the words that you are not using. This can take your poem to a different level of art.

If you do decide to do a picture over, I recommend using pens or markers because those will cover up the words better. You can do your picture in black and white or you can do it in color.

Here is a blackout poem that I did. That way you can have a bit more of an idea of what a finished blackout poem might look like.

If it is a bit hard to read it says: Today flew across the room not worrying about trivial things without mishap sea foam rushed hoped sighed decided that early morning from the big day.

As you may notice, this poem is more visual than about the words.

However, together they can create something that is art.

I hope that this will inspire you to try a blackout poem of your own! If you do I would love to hear about how it goes in the comments!


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