In The Black: Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry: A blackout poem is when a poet takes a marker (usually black marker) to already established text–like in a newspaper–and starts redacting words until a poem is formed. The key thing with a blackout poem is that the text AND redacted text form a sort of visual poem.

Lesson Note: ” Like critical thinking, newspaper blackout poetry is a process of revelation, an uncovering of meaning. Pedagogically, blackout poetry makes students active participants in the construction of knowledge and understanding, one of the core objectives of honors education. The honors classroom then becomes a model for ‘taking intellectual risks’ “-Engaging Honors Students Through Blackout Poetry, Melissa Ladenheim, University of Maine, 2014. This contemporary invention really breaks the form and takes us back to where we began by studying William Carlos Williams’ poetry inspired by modern art.

Mrs. Nazimek 8th Grade Groups 2 and 3 & Mrs. Strus, 7th Grade

Poets: Aleksander S., Anysia N., Ariana R., Estefany V., Daniel N., Emily A., Nadya F., Jakub W., Christian L.





“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.