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Sharpie Poems 

Inspired by Austin Kleon's Newspaper Blackout Poems, and desperate for a creative jolt, I got out the Sharpie and made poems of elimination. 

Have you tried Blackout Poems? They are fun, sometimes easy, and a great way to exercise the poetic muscle. Some poems struggle to make sense while others emerge unexpectedly meaningful. Either way, it's good fun — and better than hours on the couch dazed and glazed over Say Yes to the Dress 

The Lost Voice

After the rain,

friends wanted to hear him sing

In a thrift store, the research began. 

Flipping through vinyl, he learned 

almost anything is worth 25 cents. 


There may be consequences

Make necessary concessions

Every bump could loom large

You may cling to the past

Move forward

Write your imagination


Reader Comments (2)

I love this so much! Thanks for suggsting it.

Sometimes I jot down short phrases, one to a page, in a tiny notebook, tear them out, and toss them in a file; then when bored, take them out and randomly try to assemble into a poem.

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Romeo

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like the Blackout Poem idea. Give it a try, and share your discovery with me!

I like your random phrases method. Sometimes it just takes a forced hand to get the mind moving.

Thanks for the suggestion.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrew

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