From theNew York Timesbestselling author ofSteal Like An Artist
“Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring.”
Newspaper article + sharpie = Newspaper Blackout Poetry: Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs a newspaper and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need. Fans ofNot Quite What I Was PlanningandPost Secretwill love these unique and compelling poems culled from Austin’s popular website.
Poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon has discovered a new way to read between the lines. Armed with a daily newspaper and a permanent marker, he constructs through deconstruction—eliminating the words he doesn't need to create a new art form: Newspaper Blackout poetry.
Highly original, Kleon's verse ranges from provocative to lighthearted, and from moving to hysterically funny, and undoubtedly entertaining. The latest creations in a long history of found art, Newspaper Blackoutwill challenge you to find new meaning in the familiar and inspiration from the mundane.
Newspaper Blackoutcontains original poems by Austin Kleon, as well as submissions from readers of Kleon's popular online blog and a handy appendix on how to create your own blackout poetry.Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesnt need.One can imagine taking up blackout poetry on their daily bus commute in place of sudoku or the crossword puzzle.Sort of like Michelangelo carving away the marble that imprisoned what he saw within.&a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers&[A] sense of play infuses the poemsshort pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac&&hidden bits of Zen lite that occlS
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