Blackout/Found Poetry

Word Fountain cover artist and fellow editor Ainslee Golomb and I had a lot of fun leading this workshop. It’s a super way to introduce the playful possibilities of language in poetry. If also gives the word artist practice at playing with visual art, and the visual artist a comfortable entrance into language play. We had all skill levels present and it seemed like everyone was eager to do it again.

The Monkey Prodigy

Since it’s library week and poetry month, here are some pictures of found poems and blackout poems. They were done at the Ousterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. The event was hosted by a couple editors Of Word Fountain, the literary magazine. Please check it out online at

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  1. How interesting and fun. I love to experience “found art,” works pieced together from the scrapyard or dustbin. But I wasn’t sure what “found” poetry might be. Now I know, and I love it.

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    1. I was amazed at the kind of work that came out of it. And it was a good lead in for people who love crafty projects but are spooked by the idea of writing poems.


  2. Brian Dean Powers says:

    Are you sure fun is allowed in poetry? Isn’t there a law or commandment against it? (Don’t tell Frank O’Hara.) 😉

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