participate, send a photo of your completed Blackout Poem to Therese at
firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at MPL’s Service Desk. Poems
will be shared on MPL’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/manitowoclibrary
) and also displayed at the Library through the end of April in celebration of National Poetry Month.
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unforeseen ████████████████ a single outcome ████ infuses █████████ the
imagination: ██████ inspiration.
the above example is a bit of a cheat, but it provides an easy
reference of a poetry form known as “Blackout Poetry.” A blackout poem
is created when a poet takes a marker to an already established
text—like from a newspaper or a romance novel—and starts redacting words
until a new poem is formed. The key element of blackout poem is that
the text AND the redacted text merge to form a sort of visual poem.
Here’s an easy guide to creating Blackout Poetry:
• Skim your page of words
• Go through and lightly circle the words or phrases you might want to use
• Go through and boldly box the words you are keeping with pen, sharpie, etc.
• Read through your final poem
• Go through and blacken all of the material not used
• Bask in the glory of your creation
Fact: Blackout Poetry traces back to the 18th Century, when Benjamin
Franklin’s neighbor published a broadsheet of puns created in this