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Newspaper Blackout

Newspaper + Marker = Poetry.

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


Below is a list of the 200+ newspaper blackout poems that have been posted to this site since 2005.

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  • photo by @elizzas.artTeaching blackout poetry at the Texas Teen Book Festival
    October 20th, 2014

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

  • they said he was no angel / who isNo Angel
    August 29th, 2014

    They said he was no angel…who is?

  • 929140_793618534002418_1037021061_nLow overhead, revisited
    July 4th, 2014

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

  • 10454174_793967687294994_1321343485_nNo words
    June 30th, 2014

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

  • sentences will be the death of meSentencing
    June 17th, 2014

    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 readMission Statement
    June 11th, 2014

    I write what I want to read.

  • blackout-ebookNewspaper Blackout finally available as an eBook
    March 20th, 2014

    My first book is now available as an eBook.

  • subtraction-print-1How to get a Newspaper Blackout print for cheap
    December 5th, 2013

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

  • 00Spectors Haunting May Embrace (A Halloween Blackout)
    October 31st, 2013

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

  • art is the ability to turn a trick while all watchHeaded Northwest
    September 12th, 2013

    Headed to the Pacific Northwest next week.

  • another day another dent in the heartA poem a day
    September 2nd, 2013

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

  • denton-1Newspaper Blackout show in Denton, Texas
    April 16th, 2013

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

  • kleon-makersMakers
    November 25th, 2012

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

  • leoHow To Win An Election (October Horoscopes)
    October 3rd, 2012

    “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”

  • nine-to-fiveNine to Five
    September 12th, 2012

    go to work / and sneak things in when you can

  • aquariusSeptember Horoscopes
    September 5th, 2012

    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 placeThe Skirts of Dallas
    August 13th, 2012

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

  • you make everyone else everyone elseEveryone else
    August 9th, 2012

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

  • piscesAugust Horoscopes
    August 1st, 2012

    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 /

  • 01-hankieDevils
    July 30th, 2012

    Poems about devils.