I recently had a blah day where I just couldn’t seem to settle on what to do in studio. It all felt a bit stale. I happened on a booster that definitely challenged me: blackout poetry. Find an old book, one that you don’t mind removing pages from. As you flip through it scan the pages for words that catch your eye. Pencil a rectangle around them and see if a poem appears. you might start with one word and end up dropping it for another as the poem emerges. Once you have your poem, use a fine point marker to corral the words and then blackout the rest of the writing on the page. Just like a government censored report. And VOILA!, the result is a new poem that has a sculptural feel to the page. Not all pages will yield a poem, and after a few pages you can get fatigued from trying to avoid the story plot while word searching. But there are some real gems out there, poems no one saw when they read the book, poems that were just waiting to be unearthed, a poem you unearthed! As it is April and poetry month, I have included a couple that I did so you can see the results before striking out on your own. I hope you enjoy them!