Ending with Blackout Poems

Our short and sweet FORA residency came to a close last week. In our last session we explored blackout poems, which are always popular regardless of age. After viewing some cool examples, we turned to our source text. Students worked with excerpts from Sandra Cisneros’ classic, The House on Mango Street. All were encouraged to design the page to their liking. Take a look at some examples below – I think they came out pretty wonderfully!



“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.