class 12 blackout poetry style

How to shape written text from the class 9 cohort interviews into creative, visual forms?

Experiment with the genre of Blackout Poetry to highlight meanings you think are important to share in a wider public dialogue on these issues.

To learn the technique, create two separate renderings.  Each will display different meanings you’ve chosen to highlight.

Creating (2) allows you to learn from the first, then apply those lessons in creating the second.

Steps:

  1. Print out at least (3) copies of the original cohort interviews field notes.
  • One copy will be to mark out selections.  The (2) others will be the actual blackout poetry renderings.
  • On one of the copies, select varied sequences from your field notes that express some critical meanings.
  • These could be words, a sentence, or several sentences.
  • Use some means of marking these selections: circle, underline, draw a frame around it.
  • Useful guidelines for how to make blackout poetry are pasted at the bottom of this assignment page.  Read them through.
  • NOTE: As you shape this artistic rendering, your selection(s) may be change.

2.  Use blackout poetry techniques to highlight select words and sequences.

  • To learn the technique, create two separate renderings.  Each will display different meanings you’ve chosen to highlight.  Creating (2) allows you to learn from the first, and then apply those lessons in creating the second.
  • From the text selections you made in step 1, mark these out on the second copy of the field notes.
  • With a marker (black – though you could experiment with other colors) blackout the area surrounding the text you selected. See examples related to newspaper blackout poetry. https://austinkleon.com/category/newspaper-blackout-poems/
  • For the aesthetic effect, see if it’s imperative to black out the whole page; or  will substantial blackout around the select text be sufficient, leaving other parts of the page untouched.
  • There are other blackout poetry approaches that include adding an illustration to the text. This can include shaping the blackout space so that it becomes it’s own form of illustration. For examples see: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/john-depasquale/blackout-poetry/
  • Once you’ve finished the first, evaluate it’s effectiveness:  what works, could work better.
  • Working with different text selections to highlight other meanings, do a second rendering.
  • Bring both documents to class to share.
  • Do a scan or use a smart phone to create a quality digital copy of each document we’ll post to a class Facebook group album.

Mariyam Saigal.  Why Every Poet Should Experiment With Blackout Poetry

Step 1:  Get a marker, a newspaper/book/magazine, and pick an article or paragraph or the entire page and read it.

Step 2:  Come up with a theme and underline words related to that theme or just underline words that make sense to you. Use grammatical tools like linking verbs so that your sentences make sense.  Also, don’t mark sentences, mark words in a way that they make sense. You will be able to discover a poem.

Step 3: This step is for those who are a little extra, think of the shape of your poem and draw it around your blackout poem in a way that it resonates with your poem.