As we approach the end of 2022, I decided to add a twist to my Black Out Poems. I plan to take a dry insurance manual I received in the mail and attempt to create something interesting in the repetitive jargon this books often contain. The author is unknown, so I’m not sure who to credit I imagine the writer as some anonymous desk jockey employed by the agency. I plan to play with these words and make them into something interesting using free verse. This challenge should step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled, Protections.
.About the Black Out Poem Protections
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 what I can do with this dry insurance manual text.
Protections What are my rights? All people Have certain protections Ge treated With courtesy, dignity, and respect Information kept private In a way, you understand In clear language Participate in decisions Get answers to your Questions Have access In an emergency Get a decision Files a claim Get a decision Won’t be covered Your drug plan You have the right If you disagree Request a review Be able to file complaints Grievances
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