Blackout Poetry

For our 8th week at Bronzeville Classical, we dove into the fun world of blackout (also known as erasure) poems. We took a look at many examples, including from the acclaimed “Steal This Book” author Austin Kleon. Below are images of what students came up with! Our source text was an excerpt from the novel Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung.

Ms. Siudock’s 8:00am class, 4th grade

Black Out Poem by Grant G.

Blackout Poem by Ben S.

Blackout Poem by Nasir G.

Blackout Poem by Cole M.

Ms Schuch’s 9:45 am class, 3rd grade

Blackout Poem by Sam

Blackout Poem by Charlize 

Ms. Schuch’s 12:45 class, 3rd grade

Blackout Poem by Makinley


Blackout Poem by Brandon

Blackout Poem by Gabriel W.

Ms. Siudock’s 1:45 class, 4th grade

Blackout Poem by Parker J. 

Blackout Poem by Gabriel C.



“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.