Welcome to the fifth installment of the Escape the Ordinary Summer series. Today will look at “Black out Poetry.” This concept is perfect for this series, along with the upcoming “Repurpose the Ordinary” programs later this summer.
Austin Kleon is a writer and author, the brilliant mind who reintroduced Blackout poetry. This type of poetry focuses on rearranging words to create different meanings. The idea is simple enough – the author eliminates existing text to devise a completely new text. While poets have been using similar technics for many years, most of those focused on rearranging words by cutting up print. Kleon relies upon a permanent marker and finding one or two “anchor words” to inspire the mood of his art.
This concept has exploded, spreading to different authors and artists, many of whom will actually draw images over the pages, instead of just using a marker, to accentuate the words they wish to draw attention to.
By finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, this concept breathes new life into even the most mundane words. I hope this inspires you to look for new meaning in everything you see. If you haven’t already, sign up for the “Repurpose the Ordinary” where we’ll be finding new purposes for books, magazines, and newspapers.