Sometimes less is more.
For Austin Kleon, author of Newspaper Blackout, less has been making him increasingly more well-known in the literary world. Cartoonist and poet extraordinaire, Kleon’s claim to fame came as a direct result of writer’s block.
He says: “I’m probably best known for my Newspaper Blackout Poems—poetry made by redacting words from newspaper articles with a permanent marker. I started making them in 2005 when I was right out of college and facing a nasty case of writer’s block.”
So, what does a Blackout Poem look like?
Check it out:
Pretty cool, huh?
Want to try a Blackout Poem yourself? In the words of Austin Kleon himself, here’s how do you do it:
How to make a Newspaper Blackout Poem:
Grab a newspaper.
Grab a marker.
Find an article.
Cross out words, leaving behind the ones you like.
Pretty soon you’ll have a poem.
Here are some more poems for inspiration!
And just remember:
All pictures and quotes are from Austin Kleon’s website. You can check it out here.
So what about you? What do you do to get your creative juices flowing?