Poetic Form: Blackout Poem

A Blackout Poem is a type of found poem (to be discussed later) that is created by taking a piece of text, say a newspaper article or a page from the Bible, and removing words with a writing implement until a poem is formed. What makes the Blackout Poem different from other found poems is its visual and visceral nature. The act of physically redacting, erasing, until all that is left is art, brings to mine a surgeon or a chef cutting out the fat until all that is revealed is a perfect piece of flesh.