A Big Smile

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 A Big Smile.

About the Black Out Poem and A Big Smile

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.

A Big Smile

What I can
To undermine
Subvert their effort
Limit achievement
They think anything
To make
Many things
Boomerang

Send the message
Judgements
Lessons
Motivating techniques
Send the message
Every word
Sends a message
How to think

You are a developing person
I am interested
How sensitive
Are these messages
How concerned
Tells this story
When they arrive
They are so pretty
You don’t have to
Paint a picture
Paint mean pictures
A big smile

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 “A Big Smile

  1. I heard of Boomerang many times, but can never remember its meaning. LOL. It sounds like a word related with alcohol consumption, but it is not.

      1. Wow, that sounds like the phrase “what goes around comes around.” I think that’s what youa poem is trying to say? That’s the beauty of poem that one can say things without really saying it…

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