Inspired by Austin Kleon's Newspaper Blackout Poems, and desperate for a creative jolt, I got out the Sharpie and made poems of elimination.
Have you tried Blackout Poems? They are fun, sometimes easy, and a great way to exercise the poetic muscle. Some poems struggle to make sense while others emerge unexpectedly meaningful. Either way, it's good fun — and better than hours on the couch dazed and glazed over Say Yes to the Dress.
The Lost Voice
After the rain,
friends wanted to hear him sing
In a thrift store, the research began.
Flipping through vinyl, he learned
almost anything is worth 25 cents.
There may be consequences
Make necessary concessions
Every bump could loom large
You may cling to the past
Write your imagination