Newspaper Blackout

Newspaper Blackout

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Austin Kleon is a cartoonist and poet from Austin, Texas, who takes a page from an existing newspaper and blacks out words until he finds a new hidden meaning in the text. Hilarious and profound, silly and contemplative, the poems in this collection will provide readers with a sense of satisfaction and much-needed comic relief during these tough times.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 10.16mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061732974
  • 9780061732973
  • 39,205

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Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn't need. -- NPR's Morning Edition One can imagine taking up blackout poetry on their daily bus commute in place of sudoku or the crossword puzzle. -- Toronto's National Post Sort of like Michelangelo carving away the marble that imprisoned what he saw within. -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "...a kind of Rorschach approach to reading newspapers..." -- Wall Street Journal "[A] sense of play infuses the poems-short pieces that touch on first sex and outer space, in a voice that slips from funny to elegiac..." -- Austin Chronicle "...hidden bits of Zen lite that occasionally bump up against brilliance...Kleon manages to turn the paper of record into visually stark nuggets of poetry and wit. All the Muse That's Fit to Print, you might say." -- Texas Monthly "Highbrow/brilliant...It's better than it sounds." -- New York magazine "Part 'writing with constrictions,' part happy accident, part found art, part design challenge...the a well rounded and consistent view into a guy most of us would want to buy a beer." -- Radio Exile "[The poems] resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it a cross between magnetic refrigerator poetry and enigmatic ransom notes, funny and zen-like, collages of found art..." -- The New Yorker "Some of the results are hilarious, some are profound and even unsettling, but they are never bland or boring." -- The Ephemerist

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About Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is a writer, cartoonist, and designer. His Newspaper Blackout poems have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, in Toronto's National Post, and all over the Web. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan.

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