Newspaper Blackout

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:
9780061989940
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
490,650
File size:
47 MB
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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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