-monday poetry-

Blackout poetry. Here’s how you play.
1. Tear out a page from a book or magazine.
2. Circle words to make a poem.
3. Black out everything else with a sharpie.

Or, if you’re a true black-out genius, (not me) skip step 2 and just start marking out words with a sharpie. This is also fun when you have a friend around to throw out titles for you to work with.

First attempt: (in which I accidentally blacked out the word ‘just’ but still included it in the poem – because there really are no rules to this game.)


(here’s some punctuation and line breaks)

let me play-
you listen.
many people show other things naturally
I’m clear – just evasive.
what could you say about that?
man, for years has been deluged directly.
I say proof is lacking.
we are attempting a better, fairer light.

Try #2, in which we bring Jesus into the game:


the forbidding place beyond
appeared better.
the answer came into sight
on the top of the hill.
dejected, in anguish:
“Oh, my god no!
Please, no!
thin, strong, secure…
a substitute.

And #3 with a title from a friend:




because of isolation
were roughly divided.

My favorite thing about black-out poetry is the contrast between the starting subject and the finished product. The first one was a page from The Te of Piglet; the second one was from a dark crime mystery (The Evening News by Arthur Hailey) and the third one was a page from a Popular Mechanics magazine.

It’s fun – you should try it!


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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2 Responses to -monday poetry-

  1. it is great fun! i am terrible at it, but i have lots of fun. 🙂 you and the great meg are much, much better with this medium than i am!


  2. Yolanda D says:

    Poem two is very powerful.


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