Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

National Poetry Month

Resources to celebrate National Poetry Month!

Blackout Poetry Instructions

Step 1: Find Your Text

You can find text anywhere for a blackout poem! A book page that you don't mind recycling, a newspaper, the back of a cereal box, a New York Times article you're reading on your phone. Anywhere you have text, you can make it into a blackout poem.

Step 2: Create Your Poem

Use markers, paint, white-out, tape, whatever you have around, to block out words or circle certain words until you've created an entirely new text - a poem!

Step 3 (Optional!): Email an image of your blackout poem to, and we'll add your poem to a gallery in this guide!

Blackout Poetry Examples