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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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