Austin Kleon creates poetry through subtraction; that is, he blacks out the unnecessary words of various printed materials such as newspapers and books to create his own poem through the remaining words left behind.
While the idea is simple, the work Kleon creates is intricately laced together through black strikes through unneeded words and the results are beautifully written poems. Try your own hand at blackout poetry! It’s a great creative exercise and definitely a different approach to writing. If you’re in a rut, it could definitely help get you out of it! Sometimes just changing up the way we write can make all the difference.
To get a taste of Kleon’s work, click here!
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