I am happy March has arrived, and I can put my adventure with the Aquarian metered poetry behind me. I’ve decided to move into new territory. In the past, I have devoted myself to writing a single style of poetry for the month. Writing in the same style for thirty days can get tiring, so I will lunch a new way of attacking my poetic journey. I will explore three new types of poetry in March, and I plan to write Breccbairdne, Blackout, and Brady’s Touch poems. This poetic adventure will teach me many important lessons about meter and rhythm. Let’s get started. This poem is a Black Out Poem titled Perilously.
Blank Out Poem and Perilously
Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.
Method to use
!. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a page from a book, or any written text.
2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.
3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)
4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.
I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I decided to use Mr. Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt, to create these poems. This example uses a squiggly line to mark out unwanted text. I prefer the total blackout method.
Perilously On the edge Nuged footsteps outside the door. A pot of fresh coffee. “It’s nearly time. Should I?” “Very good. Thank you.’ With a graceful bounce, the cat landed, Rubbing its head. Jacked up its back and spat. “My sentiments exactly.” The cat, a small orange warrior. His thrashing claws encouragingly. ‘I was talking to Jock, But I know how empty that statement is. His face is a ghost, Twisted back.
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