Today we’re hosting a WordPlay workshop with author Karen Krossing – and just watching the group of dedicated teens hard at work got me thinking of other creative ways of writing and producing artistic work.
Blackout poetry is a fresh form of ‘creative destruction’: that is, you’re not starting a poem with a blank page so much as you’re taking on a page full of words and reducing it to get something new and unique. Author Austin Kleon does this with newspaper articles in his book Newspaper Blackout, and many others have also tried their hand at this quirky form of poetry. Check out some other samples at BlackOut Poetry and Bit Rebels.
So, why not try this out yourself? All you need are some old newspaper articles, or maybe even a photocopy of a page of your favourite book!The results can be genuinely touching, hilarious and meaningful, and it's always fun to try out a new way to create something out of nothing...errr, something!