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 Users Can Call.
About the Black Out poem Users Can Call
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.
Users Can Call Civilian health A comprehensive Program in which You may join Separate Provide your maintenance Tricare For active-duty Their families You have You don’t need Drug plan pays first If you join May coordinate benefits Otherwise, you can file To get paid back Out-of-pocket costs Users can call Tribal/urban Federally operated And other entities Get them at no cost Coverage Won’t be interrupted For the cost Choose a plan Note You can continue to do so Ability to get service
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