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, Check With the Plan.
About the Black Out poem, Check With the Plan
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.
The plan to use Medicare & You 2023 is my biggest challenge. The text is so dry and repetitive. I find it difficult to draw meaningful words from this dry 131-page pamphlet. I now understand why people in this country can’t understand their healthcare policies.
Check With the Plan Special needs Benefits and services Specific diseases Their benefits Provider choices To best meet Needs of the group Can I get Cover services? Yes Do I need to choose? Check with the plan If you need to choose Do I have to get A specialist? Check with the plan What else do I Know about There groups People who live But require nursing People who are eligible Specific severe conditions Plans may further limit Members’ special needs Select plans Available in your area Check with the plan
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