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Blackout Poet II

Below is my second and third pieces of Blackout Poetry. These words were also taken from J.D. Salinger’s Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters.

The first is called, “Page 24” … (before reading, let the creativity of the titles wash over you….)


know something,


my gosh.

Cued the rest,

finding something.

Spunky justice,




absolute murder,

suspended, bolstered, empathy,


You can’t just barge through life hurting people’s feelings whenever you feel like it

The second is called, “Page 74″

Some time,

in gracious solitude,

wondering which I’d picked.

My first good idea,

drop into much more thought,

then drop.

God knows,

rampant, wildly jumped,

fate before jumping,

with you.

Slipped into little messages.

Again, not bad. The possibilities for blackout poetry seem endless! Maybe next time I’ll actually blackout and see what prose I can come up with (kidding, Whitman didn’t touch four loko, neither will I).


Confused? For the original Blackout Poetry Post click here.

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Blackout Poet

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo

Your Task:

Step 1: Grab a marker. A black one. Don’t sniff it.

Step 2: Find a single sheet of newspaper or tear a page from your favorite magazine, book, maybe even a memo or old homework on your desk.

Step 3: Black out what doesn’t belong. Chisel away a word at a time until you reveal your poetic masterpiece.

SoulPancake (pg.38)writes… Michelangelo believed that the statue was waiting in the stone– it was the sculptor’s job to chip away the parts that didn’t belong.
Maybe the same is true about poetry. If you look long enough at a sheet of words, you can find rhythms, patterns, brillance.
The reward? The poem within. It was waiting there all along…

J.D. Salinger is one of my favorite authors so I flipped to a random page in one of his books. This page, ironically, mentioned poetry (and yes, I know it’s in blue marker, not black, sue me.)

Most poetry, any poetry,

marked “influence”

verses bare, ungarnished.



accidentally poem plotting

detached collection

strictly moment

never naturally

wondered why.


Young bite,

bothered business

slanderous passion

struck unpoetic

frankly certain



I’m no Frost, but I don’t think it’s half bad.

Now it’s your turn! Send me your own blackout poetry by commenting below or emailing it to

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Art At Arm’s Reach

One particularly slow evening my roommate and I took on this art and creativity challenge. Neither of us have any artistic ability so I was interested to see what we’d come up with. We took to the kitchen and grabbed some random supplies we found around the house…

The Task:

Step 1: Scavenge around your desk, barstool, couch cushions for anything handy. And we mean anything: paper clips, poker chips, fake eyelashes, junk mail, bullet casings.


Step 3: Bask in your artistic brilliance. Repeat as desired.

(Courtesy of SoulPancake pg.32)

Kahlil Gibran describes art as what arises when, “the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes”

… apparently my “secret vision” resides in south jersey and it’s manifestation is an Essie nail polish not-so-ironically named Short Shorts.

Behold, Snooki art. If only I had some rhinestones for her purple sunglasses but, no such luck.

I call this art, “PARTY’S HERE” By Me.

Unfortunately, my roommate completely upstaged me with this nerdy tribute (she is a math major after all).

Meet Einstein-go, or Mang-stein. We call this “E=Mango ²” By Olivia.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab whatever you have around you, look in your desk, your purse, wherever and MAKE ART.

(spoiler alert: its an excellent way to procrastinate!)

Send me your art at or add them as comments!

Yours in Waffles,


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