Our Blackout Poetry Project

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; Blackout Poem by Bella Bosco

“It was at that age, that poetry came in search of me.” — Pablo Neruda

Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. — Carl Sandburg

Washington’s Farewell Address; Blackout Poem by Heather Sanders
A page from Divergent by Veronica Roth; Blackout Poem by Erin McArdle

John Lewis’ Last Words
A page from Struck By Lightning by Chris Colfer; Blackout Poem by Caprice Lynch

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

“I’m a great believer in poetry out of the classroom, in public places, on subways, trains, on cocktail napkins.” — Billy Collins

“Things as They Are” by Valeria Luiselli; Blackout Poem by Ada Finsel

We study literature to better understand the human condition and our place within human society.

“Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” by Mary Schmich; Blackout Poem by Savannah Marrero

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” — Carl Sandburg

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“I have never started a poem whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” — Robert Frost.

A page from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; Blackout poem by Karsten Gray
Blackout poem by Vincent Paolino
“Christmas Angels…” newspaper article; Blackout poem by Michael Carroll
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa; Blackout poem by Aisling George

During this period of fully-remote teaching and learning, many of us are dealing with eye strain caused from looking at a computer all day. In Creative Writing class, Mrs. Edick decided to give students an opportunity to create something in an “analog” way, using printed text. We chose the blackout poem for a project. We hope you enjoy the results of this project.

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