POETRY FORM ǀ Blackout

dearestwandererBlackout poetry, or Blackout Newspaper poetry, was popularised in 2010 by author and cartoonist Austin Kleon. Although many believe that this is a form of Erasure poetry, which was first seen as early as 1975, it is becoming an increasingly popular form of modern expression. In a blackout poetry work poets take an existing piece of writing and draw over the text, or select pieces of text, to create new works.  The new work often attempts to subvert the previous work, and stand in its own context, free of the previous piece of writing.

Try this form using a newspaper or old book.  Remember that the aim is to write a work that stands free of it’s original context.


A special thank you to @dearestwanderer for this fantastic example of the form.

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