What if - Blackout poetry by Kevin Harrell. This is my first piece in about 7 months and it sure feels good to get back into it.
chasingpavements-13 said: Could you maybe add a tag to your posts with the title of the book or other source you blacked out?
Well I have only a vague recollection of what source most of my old blackout poems were made from but in general I source a lot from Dear Abby newspaper articles, Rolling Stones music reviews, and The Alchemist. But I will add tags for future poems, thanks.
take-me-to-themountains said: Hey, I love your work, it's a such a pleasure reading your blackouts :) I started doing some myself a couple of days back actually. They're on my blog. Could you check them out perhaps? Some tips would be welcome (even though it is creative expression, there's no one way of doing it)
Hey thanks a lot I appreciate it. I’m glad you started doing some of your own and I actually went looking for them on your blog but couldn’t find them. Send me a link maybe?
robespierristwildean said: Hi, your blog reminded me of a blackout poem I saw a while ago and I know this is probably a long shot, but I'm wondering if you know what it's called/where I can find it. It was a report about the state of the environment, but everything negative was blacked out to make it look positive and like everything was just fine. Thanks for your time!
Hey there! I am not familiar with the piece you are talking about unfortunately but I like the sound of it :)
Live Now - Blackout Poem by Kevin Harrell (see more at www.blackoutpoetry.net)
Eruption - by Kevin Harrell
and I wrote it. I wrote it and I write it to say FUCK YOU. FUCK YOU. How dare you treat me like that? How dare you think you can just do whatever you want to me? I AM A PERSON. I AM A HUMAN BEING and I AM VALUABLE. I am LOVED. I LOVE people. I CARE about people. I am someone’s DAUGHTER. I am someone’s SISTER. I am someone’s FRIEND.
You cannot just use me. You cannot just do what you want to me. I am a PERSON.
How. fucking. dare you.
Fear me. You have made me so righteously angry that if I ever decide to release my rage upon you, you will fucking suffer for it.
elytra, I just came across this, very powerful. I hope my blackout poem helped you in some way. Stay strong you wonderful person.
grisho said: Hey, I love your blackout poems :) I've started doing this recently, I'll be glad to know what you think of the blackout stories in my blog :)
I really dig your blackout poetry style, short and sweet! Keep it up, would love to see more!
Cold Heart - Blackout Poem by Kevin Harrell
Stoned on Life - Blackout Poem by Kevin Harrell
The Kansas City Star is running a blackout poetry contest and wrote up some good tips for making your own poems, many of them from Newspaper Blackout. I thought I’d share some of them here, along with my own notes. New poems coming tomorrow! —AK
Use the newspaper.. It’s cheap, they make a new one every day, there’s a huge variety of material in a single paper, and people won’t whine or scold you for “ruining” a book.
When you’re in blackout poetry mode, don’t read the articles as you normally would. Look at the words as raw material. Toggle between part of one article and part of another, looking for words (and images they suggest) that you can turn into something completely different from the topics of the stories. You’re making fiction out of nonfiction.
Set a time limit. (I usually do them on my lunch break or bus ride.)
Some articles won’t inspire you. Move on.
Don’t read the article first.
“I like to think of blackout poems like those old ‘Word Find’ and ‘Word Search’ puzzles we used to do in elementary school — a field of letters with hidden messages to find,” Kleon writes.
Remember that the poem will be read from left to right and top to bottom.
Share them. You can submit your poems here.