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Poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon has discovered a new way to read between the lines. Armed with a daily newspaper and a permanent marker, he constructs through deconstruction—eliminating the words he doesn't need to create a new art form: Newspaper Blackout poetry.
Highly original, Kleon's verse ranges from provocative to lighthearted, and from moving to hysterically funny, and undoubtedly entertaining. The latest creations in a long history of "found art," Newspaper Blackout will challenge you to find new meaning in the familiar and inspiration from the mundane.
Newspaper Blackout contains original poems by Austin Kleon, as well as submissions from readers of Kleon's popular online blog and a handy appendix on how to create your own blackout poetry.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I think this is a fabulous exercise in opening the mind to rid oneself of a block! I also think that this would be a wonderful way to inside young writers in a classroom or... Read morePublished 3 months ago by La Pelirroja
This 'poem' book lacks a lot of everything. There seems to be a kind of hit or miss with a lot of the poems and none of them are very memorable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sabrina Duty
This is no more poetry than random traffic signs are poetry. It's a gimmick, pure and simple. Kleon made some money from it (and it's not even his original idea) so I suppose in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Donald Gillette
Great, great idea. Most inspiring. Presentation could be more lively. Background, all in black all the time, gets a bit tiresome for the eye.Published 9 months ago by Riegler Elfriede
It's a wide collection of blackout poems to share with students or other writers, so they can model the technique.Published 10 months ago by Evangeline
Newspaper Blackout is a creativity resource for my classroom. It challenges students to think about their surroundings in a different way.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth
Wow...such originality, in ideas and creativity, and ways to approach writing and poetry...an easy read, full of inspiration for any writerPublished 13 months ago by Rimrat
Terrific creative work. And so simple. Austin simply took newspapers and blacked out everything but those words he wanted to preserve to create a new poem. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ken Deshaies