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Poetry Friday: Underdog by Austin Kleon

February 22nd, 2013 (07:00 am)
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Underdog by Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon's book Newspaper Blackout is a collection of poetry he made by taking a permanent marker to newspaper articles and turning them into something new. My favorite piece in his collection is Underdog, as seen above. If you cannot read the text, here it is, plain:

He changed the world &
Nobody could even get his name straight
The guy was a genuine underdog


At the beginning of the book, Kleon discusses other poets and artists who have used similar "found text" techniques to inspire their own works. At the end of the book, Kleon shares tips and techniques for making blackout poems. Also included are the top poems that were entered in a newspaper blackout contest he held online in 2008. Read my favorite from that batch: Enigma by Erica Westcott.

Learn more about Newspaper Blackout and read additional poems at the Newspaper Blackout blog.

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Comments

Posted by: Lorie Ann Grover (Lorie Ann Grover)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)

This is wonderful! I love the concept. :~)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)

You should totally create blackout poems, Lorie Ann!

Posted by: (ext_1666092)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
Blackout Poem

Interesting way to create a poem. Love "Underdog". Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: Blackout Poem

Thanks for leaving a comment! Hope it inspires you to create poetry of your own.

Posted by: hammylover2012 (hammylover2012)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)

I love that poem

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)

Neat, isn't it?

Posted by: hammylover2012 (hammylover2012)
Posted at: February 26th, 2013 12:27 pm (UTC)

Yes what was your favorite part if the poem

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 26th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)

It's so short, I like it all!

Posted by: hammylover2012 (hammylover2012)
Posted at: February 27th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ha thanks

Ha thank you for all this do you know anything about a hamster cage

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 27th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Ha thanks

No, I don't.

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