I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to work with this form of poetry. There are many pages of the novel I selected left. I’m going by the old cliché “waste not, want not.” I plan to use Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell until it runs out of words to create Black Out verses. The poem I called Compliance.
About the Black Out Poem and Compliance
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
1. 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 by Rebecca Hunt to create these poems.
Compliance Decadent self-pity Sucked at the edges Clear instruction to leave Mashing into Registering the scene Lay peacefully Not completed Scornful Then Travelled Riveting Brilliant Was moving Obscuring Drink and swear Was recited Proof of Objections Did nothing Pretending compliance Entirely
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9 thoughts on “Compliance”
I’ll admit this is new to me. Might give it a shot and thanks for sharing.
You are welcome. Thank you for reading. This style of poetry can either be fun or frustrating, depending on the words on the page. You can use a news paper, but I selected an old book I had around the house.
Thank you for introducing this technique to me. I just posted a blackout microfiction to my blog here. Was looking for your blog when I wrote it last week because I wanted to give you a shout out. Now I found it and will link to your blog if it is okay.
you are welcome. is it okay if I link to your blog?
Yes. Thank you.
I love the words you’ve picked out today, Molly! 💕🙂