Newspaper Blackout

A best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker.

Newspaper Blackout

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About the book

Newspaper Blackout was released in 2010 and “helped fuel a movement” (Oprah Magazine) of blackout poetry across the internet. The companion site,, was named “a must-see Tumblr blog” by Time Magazine. The site has published blackout poems from readers all over the world, and is read by over 140,000 subscribers.

Visit to make your own poems.


How to make a blackout poem


Praise for the book:

2010 Poetry Foundation Best Seller

2010 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Poetry

American Library Association 2011 Alex Award Nominee

“Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need.”
NPR’s Morning Edition

“[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.”
The New Yorker

New York Magazine

“Redacted masterpieces.”
Time Magazine

“A kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Turns out Richard Nixon wasn’t our nation’s most gifted redactor.”
Time Out Chicago

“Funny, profound, and clever poems sculpted like statues from the marble of newspaper articles.”
American Library Association

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