finding poetry

June 28, 2019

The New York Times

In case you missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago, The New York Times posted the winners of its annual student poetry contest. This year, the Times challenged students to create blackout poems from pages of the paper’s print edition. They chose 25 winners (from more than 2500 submissions). The poems are creative, beautiful, and poetic. Have a look. And if you think it’s easy, do as the article suggests and try it yourself!

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Tuesday at Town Hall

October 12, 2015

Austin Kleon blackout poem

Back in 2005, Austin Kleon started blogging images of his blackout (aka erasure) poetry. In 2010, he published a book called Newspaper Blackout, which probably had a lot to do with the surge in popularity of that venerable variety of found poetry.

He seems to have gone on to other things — in particular, writing how-to books about creativity — and it’s unclear whether he’s still doing his blackout work (though he recently made a how-to video). At any rate, if his work interests you, you can hear Austin Kleon presenting A Guide to Thinking Creatively, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 7:30pm, downstairs at Town Hall, Seattle. Doors open at 6:30pm and there’s a $5 admission.

Kleon will also appear at Powell’s (Burnside) in Portland on Wednesday, October 14.
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image by Austin Kleon

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