I stumbled upon this recently and I couldn’t stop scrolling through these Instagram posts and smile at the clever, beautiful, funny, romantic and sometimes a bit sinister poetry made this way. The idea is really simple, you take a page from a book and find words there that could make up a little poem. Black out the rest and there you go: blackout poetry.
Some of these pages are just gorgeous, using needle and thread or painting and illustrating around the poem. I really enjoy reading them and I thought you might too. I feel like giving it a try myself, but for now here’s a few gems I found online.
If you want to read more, just go to Instagram and search for #blackoutpoetry, #makeblackoutpoetry or #erasurepoetry. The artists shown above can be found here: