Blackout Poetry

Find a newspaper article.

Use a pencil, pen, or marker to black out the words you don’t want in order to leave all the words that make up your poem.  It’s “Cold War” spy stuff and nicely matches our telephone.

Here’s a simple one…


The challenge is to string together words from the text in order to create new meaning.  Start by circling the words you think you might use.  Remember, they have to appear in the correct order that you need them.  Once you’ve selected your words, use a marker to blackout the ones you don’t want.

If you’re struggling, it might be easier to practice by making short sentences at first.  Give it a try.


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