A blackout poem created from a page of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
A blackout poem created from a page of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a fun, easy poetry activity.  All you need are a newspaper (or magazine or other pages with typed words on them), a pencil, a black marker, and 15 minutes.  Creating a blackout poem is as easy as skimming your article or page for words that pop out at you, drawing a box around them with a pencil, then using a black marker to cross off the words you won't need in your poem.  As with many poems, less is more, so your poem can have ten words, or even less!

Watch Austin Kleon, a poet well-known for his blackout poems, create a poem in this time-lapse video:

Visit Austin Kleon's website, Newspaper Blackout, for more poetry and inspiration.