It’s no secret that I’ve been working hard on my poetry skills for the last year or so.
In fact, I describe myself as a poet on all my social media platforms. If it’s self-professed, it must be true…right?
Sometimes, I’ve found, inspiration fails to strike. It can be weeks, even months, before I write a poem when I’m going through a dry spell, or when life takes over and I have other things that need writing first.
Something different is sometimes needed.
While searching for inspiration a few months ago, I stumbled upon this article by Austin Kleon, introducing me to the concept of Blackout Poetry.
It’s an interesting concept; finding hidden poetry within words chosen by someone else, and using a simple black marker and an old newspaper to create something new out of something old.
It was just what I needed, and I gave it a go one Friday night. I picked up the week’s free Waitrose paper and made my own blackout poems.
They’re not as intricate as the best of them online; some are truly ornate, beautiful and well-spotted – but they’ll do for a first attempt!
Have you ever tried Blackout Poetry?
My First Blackout Poems
I’m still dabbling and trying to find more hidden gems – a friend even suggested trying out book spine poetry. I can’t wait to see what else I can find with my sharpie in hand!