Black Out & Patchwork Poetry

In this week’s Poetry Club we discussed Black Out and Patchwork Poems. The poems we read together were “How to be a Ghost on Earth” and “Nopal En El Frente” by Karla Cordero. We talked about the Author’s use of blacking out another Authors work and how she uses patchwork poetry in her poems. Poets were new to both these concepts and even though they were intrigued and also confused by the style, they were open to the blacking out exercise and were quick in writing their own patchwork poem.


Nopal En El Frente (Rewritten) by

Kimberly S., 10th Grade

cactus forehead

cacti tower

blushing of horizons

spines puncture


spanish belongs in my blood

en el nombre del padre, el hijo, y el espiritu santo.


Gringa written by

Lidia A., 12th Grade

A gringa is a white girl that tries to speak spanish

but can’t because she sounds so American.

A gringa is also what my mother started calling me

when my spanish started to fade away.

I was called “a gringa con el nopal en la frente.”




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.