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Newspaper Blackout Paperback – April 13, 2010
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"The technique of 'finding' a hidden text within a text is not new, as Austin will tell you, but his approach is. He has liberated it from the left-field manifestos and postmodern posturing which have usually accompanied it. These poems are sweet, poignant, evocative, and funny." --Drew Dernavich
"...pieces that work exceptionally well both as poetry and works of art....one of the year's most striking (and often surprising) books." -- David Gutowski, largeheartedboy.com
Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need. (NPR's Morning Edition)
One can imagine taking up blackout poetry on their daily bus commute in place of sudoku or the crossword puzzle. (Toronto's National Post)
Sort of like Michelangelo carving away the marble that imprisoned what he saw within. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“…a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers…” (Wall Street Journal)
“[A] sense of play infuses the poems—short pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac…” (Austin Chronicle)
“…hidden bits of Zen lite that occasionally bump up against brilliance….Kleon manages to turn the paper of record into visually stark nuggets of poetry and wit. All the Muse That’s Fit to Print, you might say.” (Texas Monthly)
“Highbrow/brilliant…It’s better than it sounds.” (New York magazine)
“Part ‘writing with constrictions,’ part happy accident, part found art, part design challenge...the collection...gives a well rounded and consistent view into a guy most of us would want to buy a beer.” (Radio Exile)
“[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead…like a cross between magnetic refrigerator poetry and enigmatic ransom notes, funny and zen-like, collages of found art…” (The New Yorker)
“Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring.” (The Ephemerist)
From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the poems are funny, some are profound, but they all will make you look at any block of text in a different way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tom Phillips he's not. Mary Ruefle he is not. Brion Gysin and William S Burroughs he is not. Tristan Tzara he is not. He IS a new flavor of the month. Hipster wanna be. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven A. May
I love Austin Kleon and I love this writing technique for poetry. Simple but profound. If you want to write a poem but you're intimidated by the process, BUY THIS BOOK. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeep
Some poems are a little more touching than others, but as a whole this is a beautiful collection of poetry, greatly looking forward to more of Kleon's works to be released.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Austin Kleon and his books never disappoint. This one is a beauty!Published 9 months ago by Monica Galvan
This book is not an accurate representation of black out poetry. Some of the poems don't even make sense. The ones that do leave something to be desired. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Autumn
This is an inspiring read and approach to thinking creatively. I will be recommending this to my Visual Arts students to help them get their creative juices flowing.Published 15 months ago by Beverly Leach
Although this style of poetry has been around since the 1760’s, Austin Kleon had the accidental fortune of bringing this to the mainstream market. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michelle Hoyer
Refreshing and surprising. Kleon has mastered a wonderful technique that falls into the category - I wish I thought of this!