I first learned about blackout poetry through Austin Kleon. It's taking a page with text (from a newspaper, magazine or an old book), finding words that stand out and blocking out all the remaining text with a black marker. The words that remain create a new story.
Here is my very first attempt:
The blue waves of the ocean
A treacherous and unknown sea
I clung fast to this corner
I nearly drowned
All the water washing over me
The sun has helped to dry
And I feel better since
It's quite addicting, almost like those word hunt games. I'll share my process if you'd like to try your hand at it.
Start with an old book. I found this at a thrift shop and I bought it for the purpose of crafting.
The other supplies I use are binder clips to hold the book open, a pencil, an eraser, and a black marker.
I randomly choose a page and scan for words that, when linked together, make sense.
I underline these words with a pencil.
Then "blackout" all the other sentences with the marker.
Then I erase all the pencil marks.
You are as brave as you are pretty, my dear
Of silver and gold
I always add a title and sometimes accent with watercolor.
There are other ways to do the "blackout" where the poet becomes an artist, too. Look here:
|"Keeping up Appearances"|
Pleasing, lovely, magnificent
Precious, rare, curious, costly
Everything seemed without a spark of life
It will be a dangerous undertaking
We ought to do it
We shall do it
It requires a lot of courage for me
But I am going
That's turning an old book from blah to TADA!