Newspaper + Marker = Poetry.
In some ways, I’m probably the worst person to teach blackout poetry.
They said he was no angel…who is?
The less you have to maintain, the more time you have to do what you want to do.
Sometimes the words don’t come. So I make pictures.
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.
My first book is now available as an eBook.
We won’t be selling prints until next year, but here’s how to get one for really cheap.
I told a ghost story in blackouts every day in October leading up to Halloween.
Headed to the Pacific Northwest next week.
Since the #NewspaperBlackout show in April, I’ve been making a poem every day and posting it to Instagram.
Last week I hung my very first solo gallery show up at UNT on the Square in Denton, Texas.
A while back, the folks at Wired asked me to make some blackouts from their recent design issue.
“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”
go to work / and sneak things in when you can
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
the skirts of dallas are on the rise / and texas is a more pleasant place
A new blackout: “You make everyone else / everyone else”
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 /
Poems about devils.
“do you think your sons going to be a – somebody with talent b – a handful c- good for us”
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
“we are our own deal / I don’t mind that you torture me”
“I want you / that you that I was cautioned against”
“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”
my mother knew i was bound art ways / and she didnt throw me down the stairs
everyone has little keys to the kingdom / and much to steal
A newspaper blackout.
“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”
A made 100 “micro-blackouts” for people who retweeted a link to Steal Like An Artist a few days ago.
Very happy to announce my new print, “Creativity is Subtraction,” on sale now from 20×200.com.
“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 “
Was very happy to find that TIME Magazine named Newspaper Blackout as one of “30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs.”
A new 20×200 print, “So Many Places,” is available at West Elm.
A new blackout print from 20×200: “what is the most fun / is to grab you / and find something wrong to do”
Nice little piece on Newspaper Blackout in the February 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
“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”
“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”
Just in time for the holidays, here are two brand-new Newspaper Blackout prints.
“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”
“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”
“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”
“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”
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
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
Marriage is two people in love / standing in the same bathroom.
I had the pleasure of leading a couple of blackout poetry workshops at the Dallas Museum of Art last weekend.
“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”
“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”
“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”