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Newspaper Blackout

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by Austin Kleon
     
 

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“Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring.”
Ephermerist

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.

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“Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring.”
Ephermerist

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 of Not Quite What I Was Planning and Post Secret will love these unique and compelling poems culled from Austin’s popular website.

Editorial Reviews

New York magazine
“Highbrow/brilliant…It’s better than it sounds.”
NPR's Morning Edition
Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Sort of like Michelangelo carving away the marble that imprisoned what he saw within.
Toronto's National Post
One can imagine taking up blackout poetry on their daily bus commute in place of sudoku or the crossword puzzle.
The Ephemerist
“Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring.”
Wall Street Journal
“…a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers…”
The New Yorker
“[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead…like a cross between magnetic refrigerator poetry and enigmatic ransom notes, funny and zen-like, collages of found art…”
Texas Monthly
“…hidden bits of Zen lite that occasionally bump up against brilliance….Kleon manages to turn the paper of record into visually stark nuggets of poetry and wit. All the Muse That’s Fit to Print, you might say.”
Radio Exile
“Part ‘writing with constrictions,’ part happy accident, part found art, part design challenge...the collection...gives a well rounded and consistent view into a guy most of us would want to buy a beer.”
Austin Chronicle
“[A] sense of play infuses the poems—short pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac…”
The Ephermerist
“…a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers…”
Radio ExileRadio Exile
Part “writing with constrictions,” part happy accident, part found art, part design challenge...the collection...gives a well rounded and consistent view into a guy most of us would want to buy a beer.
Morning Edition - NPR
Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need.
New York Magazine
"Highbrow/brilliant…It’s better than it sounds."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061732973
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
173
Sales rank:
258,939
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Austin Kleon is a writer, cartoonist, and designer. His Newspaper Blackout poems have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, in Toronto's National Post, and all over the Web. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan.

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Newspaper Blackout 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mondobass More than 1 year ago
It sounds easy enough. Take a newspaper article and block off a section two columns wide by 5 or 6 inches long. Look for words or phrases that speak to you and draw a box around them. Flesh out your poem using other words from the article and then "blackout" the remainder. Austin Kleon did not invent this method but he did take it and run with it. At first read the poems seem simple. But after you get out your own marker and try your hand at it, you realize how talented this guy really is. Some are funny, some are sentimental, all are thought provoking. Buy the book. Also buy a newspaper and a sharpie. Go ahead, blackout a poem. You know you want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't mean to use crap as not important I meant like stuff that goes on in the nook world because i think its cool.