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 book 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 Awkward Peace.
About the Black Out Poem and Awkward Peace
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 book page, or 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.
Awkward Peace A filthy obscenity Shot upright Fighting through Been funnier Still Funny enough Crash of a body Onto the floor Small posture Nothing comfortable Sitting cross-legged Chaos She changed An emergency hiss Another sigh Impossibly annoyed Tedious tone An unresolved argument A snort of contempt A firm demand “Keep your voice down.” A booming whisper An awkward peace Trying to sleep Adult humiliation Lying there in the blackness
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