Secret Garden: “How hot was the summer? She thought of the battle raging in the past like a secret garden in masquerade.”

 

 

What is Blackout Poetry?

I discovered “blackout poetry” by accident when I was sifting through quirky ideas on Pinterest. Using the pages from books, one simply forms a meaningful sentence or cluster of words by highlighting those words and blacking out the rest in pen or marker. It is a form that allows for both visual and literary creativity. I experimented with different patterns of scribbles, pasting magazine images for collage effects, and creating my own folky illustrations. These selections exemplify all three.

“Her mind was on fire at night holding coffee and little notebooks.”

Little Notebooks: “Her mind was on fire at night holding coffee and little notebooks.”

“Many of them were cruel and starved of conversation.”

Conversation: “Many of them were cruel and starved of conversation.”