Go For It

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 write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Go For It.

 About the Black Out Poem and Go For It

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 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’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Go For It

People be like
Want the impossible
Worrying about
Being a nobody
Admire
Instead of being contemptuous
Somebodies are people
Who go for it
With all they have
Very different teaching
A different lesson
You get out
What you put in
Lost his cool
Shooting lazy
From the outside
Not exerting
Lit a fire
The same fire
Improve all the time
Timing, nerves, and wind
Work on it
Nothing is promised
Prophecies coming true
Things happening.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

4 thoughts on “Go For It

  1. Molly – this is great 🙂

    A sort-of random question: Does the poem always have to follow the order of the original text? I thought the selected words and phrases from the original text could be rearranged… is that true?

    ~David

  2. The book must be a good read. And not only that, it generates a black out poem like the above. Sometimes we are forced to chase the impossible and now I’ve complete give up on such a habit.

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