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The Analogue Reader: Newspaper Blackout Poems by Austin Kleon

Aside from "Steal Like An Artist," writer and artist Austin Kleon has also published a book featuring some of the best newspaper blackout poems. If you're a writer or poet feeling at a loss for words, his book and very creative take on writing may just be what you need!

As a writer, I am all too familiar with the horror that happens when words escape me. I sometimes feel that there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank, immaculate sheet of paper (or word processor screen), taunting me to bleed or vomit something worth reading onto it. But, when I learned about the way Austin Kleon (who published Steal Like An Artist) “writes” his poems, I found it equally perplexing. While writers like me struggle with the lack of words, he works with an abundance of them.

You see, Kleon makes what he calls newspaper blackout poems — he takes a page from a newspaper, chooses an article, then proceeds to the “writing” part. He selects some words then blacks out the rest with a permanent pen. He has been doing this for years, and even published a book in 2010 out of all the poems he made.

Since his first solo gallery show in April 2013, Kleon has been making a poem per day which he posts on Instagram. Take a look at a handful of them:

Do you happen to have Kleon’s book of newspaper blackout poems? Why don’t you tell us what you think and leave a comment below!

All photos and information for this article were sourced from Austin Kleon’s Website.

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