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Do something eye-opening.

The poem is waiting for you

Brace yourself: This is a tough one. I’m halfway through a blackout when I realize that I am like Michelangelo, who always said that the statue was in the stone—it was the sculptor’s job to chip away the parts that didn't belong.

I’m looking for rhythms and patterns and poetry using only the words printed on a single sheet of a magazine or newspaper. The rest is blacked out with a Sharpie, á la Austin Cleon, whose newspaper blackout poems touch on relationships, cartwheels, nothingness—oh, and big cats.

It’s much more difficult than it looks. But your reward is the poem within: Did you just write it? Or was it there waiting for you all along?

Grab a page from a newspaper, magazine, or a book you wish you'd never read (I'm looking at you, Twilight). Black-it-out until you discover the poem within. Take pic, and post the link below.

:: discovering poetry in guitar player magazine by CSW

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