I very recently (as in today) started doing blackout poetry.
Poetry is something that I have been increasingly enjoying to read and write for a little while. I would still call myself a big Amateur (with a capital A!), but I still find it really therapeutic and fun.
I came across blackout poetry a long time ago, but have only just started it for myself. And I am loving it, and already feel like I have gained something from doing it. So I thought I would share a little about it, what you need to do, and why I am loving it so much (from a very clearly experienced poet, obviously!!).
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- A book that you don’t mind marking. I bought my favourite classic from a charity shop to use, but you can also use an old book/magazine/newspaper that you no longer want to read.
- A marker pen (or paint, felts, or anything else you want to use to fill the rest of your page with).
- A pad of paper (for making notes before you start cancelling those words out, and for using underneath the page you are using, to ensure the marker pen doesn’t bleed through multiple other pages!)
The method is as simple as you want it to be. Some people like to go straight in, cancelling and choosing their words as they go along. Some people (like me), like to plan a little first!
I pick a page, and choose the words and phrases that I like. I then try putting them together, and speaking them aloud, to see how they sound together. When I have a combination that I like, I will box those words with my marker, and scribble out the rest of the page.
I love the endless possibilities of things that you can do and try with this style of poetry. If you’re quite artistic, you can make it into a visual piece of art (I am not artistic, so black permanent marker pen it is!). I also love that you can simply write unconnected poems, or make a story out of the words that you use.
What I love most though, is that it forces you to use words and phrases that you may not normally think to use. Giving this example…
quivering on the horizon
I would never have thought to describe hope, as something you can quiver on the horizon of.
I’m really excited to do more blackout poetry, and get more creative!
Do you enjoy this style of poetry? Have you tried it out yourself?