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  • mothers-day

    MOTHER’S DAY

    “the sons they are rabid / one loses his glove, another / slips and nearly drowns / they try to put the moves on her / then venture blatantly to harm’s way”


  • take-me-to-your-spot

    TAKE ME TO YOUR SPOT

    “Aliens / take me to your spot / the best section of it / I need to rest / the teeming Earth / I have already been here / in other words / forget the whole ‘take me to your leader’ business / I am wiped out”


  • skinny_dipping

    SKINNY-DIPPING

    “join us / and discover the joys of skinny-dipping / f a r a way / on a yellow school bus / three of the day’s passengers / are not to be found”


  • anything-goes

    ANYTHING GOES

    “anything goes in America / the rules / not really rules / but a kind of guesswork”


  • the_worth_of_these_thing

    THE WORTH OF THESE THINGS

    “the worth of these things is beyond measure / the way she left pieces of us / for me to discover / a pair or panties / on the floorboards of my civic / a teenage boy pondering / future re-enactments”


  • tall-boys-web

    TALL BOYS

    Austin food blogger Addie Broyles asked me to make a blackout poem from one of her columns.


  • wsj-the-market-kleon

    WALL STREET JOURNAL BLACKOUT POEMS

    The folks over at the Speakeasy Blog asked me to make some poems from the WSJ, and I obliged.


  • open-road-a

    OPEN ROAD

    “as long as there is / open road / the familiar has the most formidable competitor”


  • austin-tshirt

    NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT T-SHIRTS: “CREATIVITY IS SUBTRACTION”

    These tees are handprinted on American Apparel triblend atheletic heathered gray t-shirts.


  • bookpeople-9

    NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT RELEASE PARTY AT BOOKPEOPLE

    I can’t think of a nicer way to cap a release day than with a successful release party in your home town bookstore.


  • newspaperblackout

    NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT IS OUT!

    Finally! After almost 2 years, Newspaper Blackout is out in the wild. You can buy it now wherever books are sold.


  • Origins Are Easy

    ORIGINS ARE EASY

    “origins are easy to come by / more so than dreams”


  • Home Alone

    HOME ALONE

    “if yr home alone / to feel that someone is near / set the TV all the way up / and have a third cookie”


  • the-cool-kids

    THE COOL KIDS

    “you sprint to get away / from two oversize kuntry lineman / while the cool kids french kiss / by the junior high school”


  • The Pursuit of Landscaping

    THE PURSUIT OF LANDSCAPING

    “The Pursuit of Landscaping / is the cause of a deranged man / imperfect is emancipation”


  • nb-logbook

    FIREFLIES

    “catching fireflies saves everything / for one fleeting evening / 2 circus with unrelenting grins / i remember floating / the play so full of potential / u and me out after the lights”


  • A House in Texas

    A HOUSE IN TEXAS

    “live with me / in a house in Texas / it is just the right mix / of armed and happy”


  • pre-order

    HOW TO GET NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT AND AMAZON SUPER-SAVER SHIPPING

    Newspaper Blackout is so cheap that it doesn’t qualify for Amazon’s free super-saver shipping deal. Have no fear, I’ve got you covered…


  • out-of-the-woods

    OUT OF THE WOODS

    “i got out of the woods / and let me tell you / i felt more at home in the woods”


  • the-store

    THE STORE WHERE SHE WORKS

    “buckets catch the rain / coming inside the store where she works / i watch her happily bookkeep”


  • stay-at-home

    STAY-AT-HOME FANTASY

    “one day i’ll just be able to stay at home and write and read / after that / what i’m most scared of / is that at home / with a bazillion good things/ i’ll struggle all the way”


  • ipad-blackout

    HOW TO MAKE A NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT POEM ON THE IPAD

    Even though I still prefer the old analog way, there are times (mostly on the bus or out on the porch or lying in bed) when I don’t have a newspaper and a marker in front of me, so I’ve been experimenting with making them on my iPad.


  • the-hanging

    THE HANGIN’

    “if we dance before we get hung / the hangin aint so sad”


  • calling-the-police

    HIS BEARD

    “the young man / wants the world to warm to his beard/ instead / it considers calling the police”


  • screenprint-agoraphobia

    NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT PRE-ORDER / PRINT GIVEAWAY

    I’m giving away four limited-edition screenprints as incentive to help me spread the word about the book.


  • sxsw-booksigning-1

    SXSW BOOKSIGNING

    On Monday, I did my first-ever NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT booksigning at the SXSW bookstore


  • texas-monthly-2

    TEXAS MONTHLY REVIEWS NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT

    Our first review is a good one.


  • the machines and memories / i would love to destroy / they'd miss me / and i in turn them

    MACHINES AND MEMORIES

    “the machines and memories / i would love to destroy / they’d miss me / and i in turn them”


  • the-idea-crowned

    THE IDEA CROWNED

    “the idea crowned / to the shock of the father / it has always been his”


  • to become a household name / is to be captive on some lonesome island

    HOUSEHOLD NAME

    “to become a household name / is to be captive on some lonesome island”


  • i know you don't like this music / but i love you / you dumb broad / so you have the music and the floor

    THIS MUSIC

    “i know you don’t like this music / but i love you / you dumb broad / so you have the music and the floor”


  • no not the girl / butcher the world / just bring her to me

    NO, NOT THE GIRL

    “no not the girl / butcher the world / just bring her to me”


  • tcr

    NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT POEMS ON TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER

    The awesome guys at Texas Country Reporter uploaded our show from last year to YouTube — it’s a really nice piece.


  • the-parent-unhappy

    THE PARENT UNHAPPY

    “i believe in God / the parent unhappy at work / who disappears into the bathroom / in an attempt to minimize his rage / at the young”


  • slideshow

    AUSTIN PECHA KUCHA NIGHT #7

    Tonight I’ll be giving a slideshow about Newspaper Blackout as part of Austin Pecha Kucha night #7.


  • the-best-wife-in-town

    THE BEST WIFE IN TOWN

    “his approach to love / taught him to appeal to psychology / when attacked with a hammer / he said “you’re a rose / i could not accuse of crime / the best wife in town”


  • in-the-dark

    20 MINUTES IN THE CLOSET

    “the result / called for us to spend 20 minutes / in the dark / the fans yowled and taunted / as we turned up / the saturday night sportsmanship”


  • make-a-mess-of-me

    MAKE A MESS OF ME

    “make a mess of me / this is a romantic comedy, after all, and / even dumb trouble / is trouble sufficient”


  • all-you-can-do

    ALL YOU CAN DO

    “in love / all you can do / is fail so badly / the rest you don’t mind at all”


  • newspaperblackout-2

    NEW SITE DEDICATED TO NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT POEMS

    A site where people can go read how-to tips, ask me questions, and then try out their own Newspaper Blackout Poems.


  • the-big-question

    THE BIG QUESTION

    “the big question is / will you pledge to be good / even if you want to have revenge / for so many years of my candid lip?”


  • eager-to-please-architect

    THE WATCHDOGS

    “the eager-to-please architect / unveils his design for the watchdogs / who haven’t moved since the Middle Ages”


  • the-good-wife

    THE GOOD WIFE

    “it’s possible / to be the good wife / and try to build something / and keep a respectful distance / but be careful / you may find yourself tiptoeing off / a cliff”


  • people-over-forty

    A SPOT IN THE WORLD

    “we hoot and holler / at people over 40 / for a spot in the world”


  • egyptian-sculptures-color

    EGYPTIAN SCULPTURES

    time-traveling so they look as they did / when i was 10 / the old king and his queen / my parents the size of Egyptian sculptures / all secrets / that i didn’t know”


  • creativity is subtraction

    CREATIVITY IS SUBTRACTION

    A newspaper blackout poem.


  • prayer

    PRAYER

    “i pray for a long living room and a piano”


  • the-barn

    ME AND DAD, BUILDING THE BARN

    “imagine the barn that came to mind / when I saw the plans of the architect / what is a vision / but a threat to dismantle a relationship”


  • in-the-oldsmobile

    IN THE OLDSMOBILE

    “in the Oldsmobile / we shout and yell jokes / but after the third, fourth, and fifth gag / even we / are done with R bland lives”


  • sizing-up

    SIZING UP

    “sizing up the six of us / he stopped and drove home”



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