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Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon
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Nov 12, 2011

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This is one of the most unique and inspiring collections of poems I own and I will never regret buying it. The works in this collection are funny, heartwarming, intriguing, and sad which makes reading it enjoyable. Kleon’s poetry is the product of the New York Times and a black sharpie: each piece is a blacked out chunk of the paper, leaving only the words that form the poem. As an aspiring writer, this book serves as a lesson in word choice, in deciding what words best serve your poem and how important each one is to your work. I’ve always found word choice to be the most difficult part of writing poetry but reading this book has helped me understand how crucial and how fun it can be. Since I’m heading towards becoming a high school English teacher, too, I’m excited to possibly use this technique of blacking out a newspaper to teach students about writing poetry, as well.

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