I discovered “blackout poetry” by accident when I was sifting through quirky ideas on Pinterest. Using the pages from books, one simply forms a meaningful sentence or cluster of words by highlighting those words and blacking out the rest in pen or marker. It is a form that allows for both visual and literary creativity. I experimented with different patterns of scribbles, pasting magazine images for collage effects, and creating my own folky illustrations. These selections exemplify all three.

Conversation: “Many of them were cruel and starved of conversation.”

Little Notebooks: “Her mind was on fire at night holding coffee and little notebooks.”

Secret Garden: “How hot was the summer? She thought of the battle raging in the past like a secret garden in masquerade.”

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