Blackout Poetry

More strange poetry – but this time, featuring funky black lines (Blackout Poetry)

by Giselle Pe





If, like me, you are at all interested in words, you likely know about blackout poetry. It involves taking an existing bit of text and crossing out large sections of it, leaving an assortment of words that, with luck, form a coherent poem. I’ve been familiar with the concept for years now (shout-out to Tumblr-poetry obsessed Year 8 Giselle), but never picked up a sharpie and stray page to get scribbling – until now.

What you are about to read are my very first dabbles in the world of blackout poetry. In order to make the process as therapeutic as possible, I tore pages out one of my optional English Literature coursework texts. (Sorry Sam.) All the poems below come out of Jo Baker’s ‘A Country Road, A Tree’, which is a fictional story based on the life of Samuel Beckett.


It’s safe to say I am now an official blackout poetry addict! I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed creating them.