Newspaper Blackout, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780061732973



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The hardest part of writing poetry is finding the words. Austin Kleon’s found a secret: <i>the words are already there</i>. With a black Sharpie, Kleon finds the poetry hidden a pile of newspapers, just waiting for him to cross out the words he doesn’t need. Mixed into the daily journalism, "we are all schoolboys and schoolgirls staggering under the weight of dream-stomping adults."<br/><br/>On my list of high school booktalks for the fall, and a potential program idea for the spring.

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I read this book based on the brilliant excerpts that kept getting posted around Tumblr.<br/><br/>Sadly, those were the highlights. There are some gems, to be sure, but for the most part it feels forced.<br/><br/>Quite a few of the poems have abandoned the top-down left-right style, and instead roam around the page like ants. These tend to be the best and also the most fun to read.<br/><br/>I'd recommend getting the book for the three or four five star pages, but know that there are quite a few 1 star ones balancing them out.