Category Archives: Found Poetry

Poetry Rejuvination

Sorry for the period of leave, but I had a novel and the beginning of university classes to attend to.   On the up-side, I’ve been working on poetry again and have new experiments underway.

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Blacking out

This is the first of a series of posts dedicated to alternative forms of creative writing. Because I’ve been working on a blackout project recently, the first form to be introduced is Blackout.

What is blackout poetry?

It’s a unique form of found poetry.  In order to write found poetry, you need one or more pre-existing sources, whether it’s graffiti, textbooks, horoscopes, or grocery lists. Poets.org explains in great detail that “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.”

To write blackout poetry, select a piece of text and choose certain words. Take a marker and blackout the rest of the page.


This is a tutorial made by Austin Kleon, author of “Newspaper Blackout”.

Who writes blackout poetry?

The first writer to draw a lot of attention to his blackout poetry was Austin Kleon. Since his emergence, there are various bloggers including websites open to submissions, such as the forum run by Austin Kleon. Teachers also have begun advocating the use of blackout in the English classroom. Caroline Lennox wrote a very cool post about her experience teaching Blackout poetry.

Alterations and how to use it

When I was in high school, I used to write stories with my friends, line by line, passing a notebook back and forth. It dispelled boredom. Try making a blackout poem with a friend. Try creating one when you’re having terrible writer’s block.


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