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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 kcox@mc3.edu, and we'll add your poem to a gallery in this guide!

Blackout Poetry Examples