Poet and cartoonist Austin Kleon has discovered a new way to read between the lines. Armed with a daily newspaper and a permanent marker, he constructs through deconstruction--eliminating the words he doesn't need to create a new art form: Newspaper Blackout poetry.
Highly original, Kleon's verse ranges from provocative to lighthearted, and from moving to hysterically fu...more
The most funny thing going on about this $1 cheeseburger of a poetry book is that I've read somewhere Austin Kleon saying that before being published he was really mad, tense and anxious, reading wh ...more
We introduced it to more people and even tried blacking out pages from old novels. Newspaper Blackout has minimalist poems which range from funny limericks to surprisingly deep lines. The poet also gives us a short history on how similar concepts had come up in the past. Overall, it was an interesting read a ...more
So, if you want to read something cool, this is a good one to check ...more
Kleon's debut is a collection of found poetry from the pages of The New York Times. It's gotten rave reviews and been featured on NPR and in The New Yorker, so clearly he's appealing to a wide audience with his work. He "blacks out" the words he doesn't want and keeps the rest, a technique used by many former writers, which he is kind enough to list in his forward.
This results in some pretty silly poems, and many truly funny ones. Unfortunately, when you use this technique, it's often hit-or ...more
So. This was one of those books I knew I had to get my hands on the moment I heard about it. And a big thank you goes out to author Austin Kleon for so wonderfully helping a copy find it's way to my doorstep.
I'm ashamed to admit that I broke my review rule for this collection. I placed it right on the top of the pile. I know I shouldn't have, but I just couldn't help myself. I started reading it in the car on the way to the chinese buffet the other night, to cel ...more
The idea is the same in Newspaper Blackout. An other ...more
In the musical GYPSY, three strippers sing about the need for a gimmick to "get ahead" in their business. The gimmick here is "newspaper blackout" poetry. A technique where all you need is a copy of an old newspaper and a black magic marker(s) to create poetry.
Kleon's idea works so beautifully that you even forget the "gimmick" after about the third or four ...more
A couple favorite quotes from the "how to" section at the end:
"The solution to any writer's block is to place some constraints on yourself."
"Wherever you d ...more
Some of these poems were amazing and others I didn't really care for at all.
But the thing I really loved about this book was the idea behind it and how the poems were made. That is by taking a newspaper and blacking out lots of the words and the ones that are left are a poem. It inspired me to start my own ones soon and I'm really excited about that!
I also wanna ...more
Kleon's poem's are fun and interesting with some keen observations about life. Thoroughly enjoyable. I'm also happy to have this book to show to my students next time we do blackout poetry. ...more
I read this book quickly because most of the poems were barely a small paragraph's worth of text...
I was disappointed by most of the poems in general. I have not personally tried to write my own newspaper blackout poem so I'm not sure how easy it is (to write a good one), and I know some poetry books have poems that aren't the greatest added to them just to fi ...more
I think this is the best idea! Here's how NPR summarizes the idea behind Newspaper Blackout: "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."
Newspaper Blackout is a handy little book. It opens with brief history of altered works - the art of making art out of existing art. Google "altered books" and you'll get a ...more
Here's the big question that I couldn't help but wonder while ...more
"looks like work. but i think of it as play". That's the whole poem, but even though it was short, it takes time and creativity to pick a few words out of a text to make something completely different. This is a great activity ...more
The premise is deceptively simple: author, artist and poet Austin Kleon sits down with a page of newspaper and a black sharpie. By blacking out the words he doesn't need, he creates a visually interesting landscape dotted with words that, in their newf ...more
A lot of the poems are short, some only about five words long. Some had a bit of a narrative to them, some expressed deep or random thoughts, some were pure ...more