A blackout experiment

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.” — Thomas Alva Edison

I decided to try little experiment with my morning pages – pages of ramblings suggested by Julia Cameron to get the guff out of your head to make way for creativity.  A little light went on my head and asked “Why not get creative with the guff?”

Below is my first blackout poem.  Play with this yourself.  Tear a page from, the newspaper, junk mail catalogue, old book, whatever is at hand. Scan the section and circle words that have meaning for you. Then, take a black pen in hand and ‘blackout’ the uncircled words and paragraphs leaving behind your poem.  It’s fun.




2 thoughts on “A blackout experiment

  1. Heyyyy!!!! Shannyn I love it what a good idea . If only I still belonged to my poetry group in the midlands I would suggest doing this . Was this your idea or have you stolen it ❓😀 Only joking, no one steals good info just borrows it 🎈🎈🎈

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