One of the teen activities my library has have planned for this spring is blackout poetry - this is a simple activity that doesn't require much material or preparation in advance. We're doing this in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. I've seen several examples of blackout poetry online, and I decided to try it out myself and share my first attempt at it.
You can use newspaper articles, book pages, or magazine/journal pages. Since February is Library Lovers Month, I decided I wanted to do a library themed blackout poem, so I picked up an old edition of College & Research Libraries News that I had in my office and opened it to a random page.
I went through the page and underlined or circled words that I wanted to use to make a poem.
I used a black marker to color in the rest of the page, leaving only the words in my poem visible.
Here is my completed blackout poem (with a little added punctuation):
Come to the library!
Our job -
Value our patrons
Guide to resources, books
Librarians: We're significant.
Ok, so it's a little cheesy, but I had fun doing it. A twist on the blackout poetry is to turn it into a work of art with color and designs. Here is one example that I found on Pinterest:
How cool is that? I would definitely frame this and hang it on my wall.
Have you ever tried blackout poetry?