Blackout Poetry Series: Introduction

Blackout poetry is an intriguing form of expression which feels a lot like word search puzzles but is a more complex and rewarding exercise, well fit for a quiet hour at home.

I haven’t done a blackout poem before today, but have been fascinated by the visual poetic creations I’ve seen and even found a blog here via WordPress Reader that regularly publishes blackout poetry. They get such interesting results and continue to inspire the interest.

Finally, this morning I couldn’t wait any longer. I picked a paperback fiction book from one of our shelves here at home and sat down with a sharpie for my first blackout poetry activity.

Afterward, I am hooked. I can’t believe I waited so long to go from interest to experiment.

My First Blackout Poem

Image of a book page turned into blackout poem
blackout poetry sample

It seems interesting to keep going in the same book used for this post, but impossible yet to tell. I suppose themes need not match, so seems feasible.

*Mobile users: Thank you for patience with scrolling the image: to decrease its size would have made text nearly impossible to read. The best visual option here would be to download image to device. Maybe I’ll figure out a better way for the next one.

If you’d like a regular dose of this kind of work, I’d suggest Molly Shea’s Hen House as the best starting point. It’s always nice to see what they’ve done.

Thanks for taking a look, and I hope you give it a try.


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