Sandbox Challenge #17: Write a Poem of Elimination

Also called Sharpie poems and blackout poems, these can be created by ripping a page from a newspaper or magazine and blacking out the words you don’t need. I used an old Vanity Fair interview with Johnny Depp for this one.

Her Birth Song

The colors of the sea,
serenity and golden love,
sliding toward a swirl
of deep blue words.

I crafted a few of these poems and had a lot of fun with this technique! I hope you do too. Feel free to share your creations in the comments or in the Wax Poetic section of the Readers’ Sandbox.

Source: Lisa Romeo’s blog via Drew Myron’s blog via Austin Kleon’s blog. (Check out the last two for more examples of elimination poems.)

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World, http://www.stranglingmymuse.com

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2 Responses to “Sandbox Challenge #17: Write a Poem of Elimination”


  1. 1 K a b l o o e y July 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I have to remember this one — it sounds really fun. No time at moment, but I hope to give it a shot soon.


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