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Blackout Poem #1

  

IT'S TIME
You have no memory
of my blessings
The passing years have
filled your mind with doubt
Weep no more, the past is dead
This day you live again
This is your time
This time you will not fail
 
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The book is The Greatest Salesman In The World, by Og Mendino
Page 2 of Chapter 9 - Kindle edition (38 words excluding title)
 
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Note: This is my first attempt at blackout poetry, done as an entry for Ivy Walker's Blackout Poetry Contest at her blog Uncharted. It was an interesting process because the poem was written not by adding words to a blank page, but by blacking out other words on a page randomly selected from a book I love. While Ivy's blackout poems are works of artistic talent as well as literary merit, I have no such skills, so I decided to enhance my blacked out page by adding a frame with my Aviary photo app. 
 
If you'd like to learn more about blackout poetry check out the video on Ivy's contest page along with some of her excellent examples, then grab a book page (or a photocopy of one) and some Sharpies, and create an entry of your own!  It's easy and it's relaxing. The contest is open until June 14th so you still have plenty of time to link yours up, and there's an awesome prize!

13 comments:

  1. Wow...i need to use better copy ...you put together a beautiful pie e! It flows,is meaningful. Ive found most of mine are sort of awmward from being confined by the words already on the page. Tha ks so much for entering. Im glaf you found it relaxing!

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    1. The book you use definitely makes all the difference, Zoë, I looked at a couple other books first and found nothing I could do with them. This book speaks to my soul so I knew I could find good words there! Your collection of blackout poems are indeed wonderful, I especially love the one about searching for a rowdy God, it made me smile, and I'm thinking it made God smile too! I will definitely try this again, free verse doesn't take poetic talent, thankfully!

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  2. Blackout poetry is a good exercise. There is a level of comfort in using something you are familiar with. Its result often lends itself to recapturing the original source. Nicely done with this.

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  3. Oh this sounds like great fun! I can't wait to give it a try. I'm going to the site you recommended now. Thanks!

    Have a blessed day. :)

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    1. Mine is posted now, Josie. The link is:
      https://mcclendonvilla.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/positive-a-blackout-poem/

      I think that yours is great!

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    2. Thanks! It really is fun! I'm so glad you decided to participate, I'm headed over to check out yours now! :-)

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  4. Such a lovely thought, that this is your time.

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    1. Thank you Mimi, it's a good attitude we all could work to adopt, our time is now, not yesterday and not tomorrow... now! :-)

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  5. Interesting challenge. I would say you conquered it. I may have to look intyo this.

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    1. Thank You, Patricia! You really should try it, you write lovely poetry, and this reverse concept is great fun!

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