Newspaper + Marker = Poetry.

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    Teaching blackout poetry at the Texas Teen Book Festival

    In some ways, I’m probably the worst person to teach blackout poetry.

  • they said he was no angel / who is

    No Angel

    They said he was no angel…who is?

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    Low overhead, revisited

    The less you have to maintain, the more time you have to do what you want to do.

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    No words

    Sometimes the words don’t come. So I make pictures.

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    I hate writing. What I really love is reading. I tell people I became a professional writer so I could be a professional reader. (Adam Phillips: “I had never had any desire to be a writer. I wanted to be a reader.”)

  • I write what I want to read

    Mission Statement

    I write what I want to read.

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    Newspaper Blackout finally available as an eBook

    My first book is now available as an eBook.

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    How to get a Newspaper Blackout print for cheap

    We won’t be selling prints until next year, but here’s how to get one for really cheap.

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    Spectors Haunting May Embrace (A Halloween Blackout)

    I told a ghost story in blackouts every day in October leading up to Halloween.

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    Headed Northwest

    Headed to the Pacific Northwest next week.

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    A poem a day

    Since the #NewspaperBlackout show in April, I’ve been making a poem every day and posting it to Instagram.

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    Newspaper Blackout show in Denton, Texas

    Last week I hung my very first solo gallery show up at UNT on the Square in Denton, Texas.

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    A while back, the folks at Wired asked me to make some blackouts from their recent design issue.

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    How To Win An Election (October Horoscopes)

    “say all the right things / do not risk offending anyone / be likable / fake friendliness / smiles and handshakes / avoid the question of scientific evidence / B just an ordinary who made it / say stuff written for anybody to hear / try to collect someone or something to blame / project optimisim about the future and happy endings / shout follow me! there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of / if it’s hard to win drop out”

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    Nine to Five

    go to work / and sneak things in when you can

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    September Horoscopes

    avoid the guaranteed injury / cruise over the line / defy perfection / hide and seek in a kind of carefree spirit / drink a beer / be quieter / break balls / answer 13 questions no one asked / be the end of the baddest guy out there / throw something / perhaps there is a happy way to embrace without turning fake / when you pin your kind you get your team

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    The Skirts of Dallas

    the skirts of dallas are on the rise / and texas is a more pleasant place

  • you make everyone else everyone else

    Everyone else

    A new blackout: “You make everyone else / everyone else”

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    August Horoscopes

    do something crazy / honor the rookie / throw out social media for a start / just zoom in on any one thing and stay with it / avoid long-term mularkey / love something more / go to the ice cream shop and shake everyone’s hand / no panicking / just remember what a great mystery is / remain a student / don’t think long enough to know / more walks

    more walks /

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    Poems about devils.

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    Multiple Choice

    “do you think your sons going to be a – somebody with talent b – a handful c- good for us”

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    July Horoscopes

    punch this summer / go missing from work / pack up and run off / a gig’s a gig / never read email / spell out life in a divine text message / cross the country in a time-traveling car / stop brooding over the alter ego / put an end to this operation on loan from the faint of heart / look into the whereabouts of missing years / have a near-death experience for the rest of us / you can’t help wondering

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    I Don’t Mind

    “we are our own deal / I don’t mind that you torture me”

  • i want you / that you I was cautioned against

    I Want You

    “I want you / that you that I was cautioned against”

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    June Horoscopes

    “develop a personal hero and explore his voice / be so lucky / endure torture at low doses / be loose / get a little belief system / shred shrug shed / keep a sharp gaze / punish the cobbler of conformity / underestimate originality / use time surprisingly”

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    Poem for my mother

    my mother knew i was bound art ways / and she didnt throw me down the stairs

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    Little Keys To The Kingdom

    everyone has little keys to the kingdom / and much to steal

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    Every book is self-help

    A newspaper blackout.

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    March Horoscopes (SXSW Edition)

    “do not address the advertiser / beat back the new / develop contacts speak of community make sure word got out die / cancel the mission of blandness and snake oil / survive by films / nightclubs and other inhospitably lighted places cause complications / when u decide to check out some band urge them on / slaves to the music dance their own dances / you have to get yourself a taco / bank on not knowing what’s going to happen or when / poke the folks remaining in their homes / wake up in a foul mood start packing”

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    100 Microblackouts

    A made 100 “micro-blackouts” for people who retweeted a link to Steal Like An Artist a few days ago.

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    New 20×200 print: “Creativity Is Subtraction”

    Very happy to announce my new print, “Creativity is Subtraction,” on sale now from 20×

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    February Horoscopes

    “be the very first / be a bruise fixer / atone for past crimes / be touchy-feely / plot under the quilt / wake up naked / go way over the top / be early every now and then / let us know exactly what we’re in for / more! always clamor for more / the signs have been gathering still not convinced? / make a detour to a book and an easy chair “

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    TIME Magazine Names Newspaper Blackout a Must-See Tumblr Blog

    Was very happy to find that TIME Magazine named Newspaper Blackout as one of “30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs.”

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    So Many Places: 20×200 Newspaper Blackout Print from West Elm

    A new 20×200 print, “So Many Places,” is available at West Elm.

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    Grab You: new 20×200 print

    A new blackout print from 20×200: “what is the most fun / is to grab you / and find something wrong to do”

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    Newspaper Blackout in O: The Oprah Magazine

    Nice little piece on Newspaper Blackout in the February 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

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    January Horoscopes

    “encourage the unknown / give it a chance – this thing / appear remarkably unfazed by the acclaim / commence evil duties / invention is counterpoint / dance to the sounds of the orchestra warming up / walk straight into an elevator and be wonderful / push things as far as there seems to be / to dream of the thing let us not underestimate how important it is / knock the socks off this year / B steeped in the Times like any modern kid / try to look at every think”

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    December Horoscopes

    “walk into a fight / be impossible / never listen to the psychology department / painstaking analysis should be resisted / cultivate rivals / never say such a thing out loud / where information is lacking guess / listen as a means of escape / don’t get bogged down in what used to be / aw heck / break away from the tyranny of good / don’t trust the tongue-in-cheek”

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    New 20×200 Prints: “Open Road” and “How To Be Cool”

    Just in time for the holidays, here are two brand-new Newspaper Blackout prints.

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    November Horoscopes

    “friendship is correspondence / on occasion be dragged into it / drill one hole after another until something starts seeping through / stare at a painting for an hour / think like a shipwreck / there is nothing to express at first / your hands have not been tied / never disown the events of life / make them wonder / be up to the job / never allow practice to be intimidated by theory / take heart and get on with it”

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    “the best way to improve is to seek out the best competition / stop to say hello / shorter is longer / have a good cry / the truth is such a complicated technologie / watch out for rattlesnakes / go to a park and gawk / stay together and battle / do with less / bounce back / invent something / some lessons have a shelf life”

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    “play house / to catch midnight plan to nap beforehand / make an appearance / jump the rails / take a trip / the fish reel it in / people watch / ask for trouble / what are you hoping to express if all you see is four walls? / don’t die simply disappear A while / eat a sandwich / learn how to work with other brains”

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    “cause mayhem / look the pros are struggling put an amateur in / don’t wait on the weather / when the flames die down teach them sense / who knows? / do without worrying / be of service / watch, marvel / go out and correct things / just be still / it is that time of year for the summer struggles / put the time in”

  • I asked God and he said yes


    the skirt created a sense of higher stakes / the danger is that everyone will succumb to your charms / how the trees work / in this little town / I asked God and he said yes

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    why natural all the kinks? / seem out of touch when asked about you / start an observatory / be a foreigner, no history / not knowing is ok / store an angel on one side and a demon on the other / stay open / glance out the window / document the ruse / to pick up a signal cut off mobile service / angry with skills is how to work / disobey orders of everyone who works in TV

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    Marriage is two people in love / standing in the same bathroom.

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    I had the pleasure of leading a couple of blackout poetry workshops at the Dallas Museum of Art last weekend.

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    “you’re just an accident of timing / obtain a truck / read deeply / practice / question oldfangled techniques / you need to be able to dance / point out the beautiful / unhear it / decide who is staying and who is leaving / everyone needs to relax and calm down / defect / start now”

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    “why should i have all that i have /we fly in and out of a home / so much work / i need a midday visitor or a window in the laboratory / doomsday is a day that will end too / a stretch of nowhere”

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    “you will get to become a princess / a 10-minute walk is modern art / know what to copy / copy the curiosity / publicly misbehave / the sun is setting over your attention / weigh philosophy on the toilet / an anecdote is the perfect souvenir / make a go of it / the answer ha ha / why not? / the cure is breakfast”

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