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Best Kept Secret - HubPage Blackout Poetry

Updated on November 1, 2011

Best Kept Secret

Experience everything there is.

Plan accordingly.

Later, we know inside and out,

the adventure is the experience.

How I learned about the Newspaper Blackout method

One day, while surfing the web, I stumbled onto a blog. The writer, Austin Kleon, creates pretty excellent poetry out of everyday newspaper articles and a black sharpie. He calls his technique Newspaper Blackout.

By eliminating most of the words in the article, he creates poems out of the words he leaves behind.

After reading on his blog that Austin wrote a book called Newspaper Blackout, I went out and bought (yes, I actually bought a book instead of just checking one out from the library) his Newspaper Blackout book of poetry.

I loved his idea of creating something unique and amazing out of something common and disposable. I almost didn't follow through with my idea of bringing Newspaper Blackout to HubPages, because I didn't want to copy Austin's work, or try to take any credit for his method.

Just to be sure I wasn't stepping on anyone's toes, I decided to email him, telling him about my idea. Why not, right? He emailed back, and said that he encourages others to make their own Newspaper Blackout poetry, and that nobody can copyright a method. So, with Austin's blessing, I decided to give HubPage Blackout a try.

Newspaper Blackout meets HubPage Blackout

I thought this Newspaper Blackout technique could be an excellent idea for HubPages! So, instead of using newspaper, I am taking my own articles that I have already written for HubPages in an attempt to turn them into poetry.

I was never a very talented poet, but using Austin Kleon's fun blackout technique, I might have a fighting chance to write some decent poetry. My idea is to use my own articles to create Newspaper Blackout poetry. So for this first attempt, I used the top half of my first HubPages article I ever wrote, titled 5 Best Kept Disneyland Secrets - Best Spots to See at Disneyland.

I thought using the blackout technique, I would be able to whip out a poem pretty quickly and easily. However, I probably stared at my article for a good 20 minutes before I caught onto an idea. Then, after some quick work with my handy dandy black sharpie, I had something resembling a poem. It's a start. And I had fun doing it.

My plan of action for my upcoming Newspaper Blackout poems, or in my case, HubPage Blackout poems, is to use my own HubPage articles, in order from the first ones I published, to my most recent articles.

Story behind Best Kept Secret

Since this was my first attempt using the Newspaper Blackout technique, I decided to pick one word from the article that I wanted to include in my poem. It was a good first step, something that got me going in some kind of direction.

The word from my article that I began with was "Adventure." Appropriate for my first HubPage Blackout poem, don't you think? From there, the rest of the poem kind of fell into place. We'll see how it goes, so stay tuned...

Try it for yourself!

I encourage anybody else to give this poetry technique a try! As soon as I began writing Hub articles on this topic, my household wanted to give it a try as well. Black out a newspaper article on the way to work, a bulletin while you're sitting in church, or a piece of junk mail, and create something unique, beautiful, or, dare I say funny. Good luck!


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      Blake Ford Hall 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      You and Burroughs and Ginsburg should get together to mix their cutup method into something cosmic. Keep the faith. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      cjcarter 6 years ago

      asmaiftikhar- Thank you! I fell in love with this method as soon as I read about it! Give it a try!

      snakeslane- I hope to write many more! They are pretty fun to come up with.

      kripkrip420- I thought the this technique would be amazing for Hubpages. Glad you like!

      carol3san- please do! And post it on Hubpages!

      Jeanieinabottle- Glad you like it! Even the most unpoetic people (like myself) can create pretty amazing little poems.

      HRDirect- The book is excellent. I highly recommend it.

      rai2722- I loved how unique this technique was too.

      merchantdoctor- Thanks!

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      merchantdoctor 6 years ago from Reno

      Voted up. Very interesting concept Thank You

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      rai2722 6 years ago

      Nice idea on how to create unique poem. Thanks for sharing it!

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      HRDirect 6 years ago from Boca Raton

      Extremely cool article...I may have to buy that book as well. Voted you up for the excellent content!

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is a really cool idea. I would have never thought of something like this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Hi there. I think this is a nice hub. I like writing poetry and plan to try this soon.

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      kripkrip420 6 years ago from In relation to what?

      Cool hub. Voted up, interesting, and useful. I have never seen this used to create poetry before. At first, it seemed like a means to send a secret message. And then I realized, that is exactly what poetry is. Very well written. Great job!

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Hello cjcarter, looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Regards, snakeslane

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      asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

      dear cj you are really genius thanks a lot for sharing such a useful information and method of creating poetry.