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I knew Austin Kleon from his book Steal Like An Artist. And since I followed his blog, I already got interested on black-out poetry.

Maybe on my past years, I’ve been very creative, but suddenly I’m not. I honestly feel rusty on thinking of new ideas and stuff. Fortunately, I still read a lot. And reading is one of the things that’s keeping “artsy” self alive.

Today, I’m sharing you my first time making/doing a  black-out poetry. Well, it’s basically creating a poem or a part of a poem out of an already-established article from newspapers or books. It seems easy, but it is honestly hard coming up to a different set of words. It’s really cool, though – finding the right words and blacking-out the not-so-needed ones.


Just a few tips from a first-timer to another:

  • Grab a random page and challenge yourself.
  • Or choose or pet specific words like “pain”, “hurt”, “love”, “life” to get yourself started.
  • Every page counts. Remember the trees and how important they are. I prefer using old books that are already damaged, or old newspapers your dad already threw away. Your choice.
  • Use a pencil to box your words first then create an idea out if them.
  • Choose your markers wisely.

8 thoughts on “Trying out “black-out poetry”

  1. I like how you remind us to consider the trees and Mother Earth 💛 black out poetry helped a lot during national poetry month too.


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