February 24, 2010
I just heard about Austin Kleon, who creates “Newspaper Blackout” poetry by circling words in newspapers and blacking out the rest. It’s really neat to see what he comes up with. One of my favorites on his website is about marriage. It’s touching and sweet.
I also enjoyed his post about a workshop he gave at a university – where there was a group effort to create blackout poetry. Sounds very very cool!
He has a book coming out soon – entitled, of course, Newspaper Blackout and you can learn more about how to create your own Blackout poetry at his website.
© 2010 writingreading
August 10, 2009
I’ve written before about how a good friend of mine encouraged me to pursue my dream of writing a book. Two days ago, I had the opportunity to do the same for someone else.
This person is a friend who is a gifted but very private poet, who has shared her work with me over the past several years. Her poems are intensely personal – but bearing the mark of the best writing – they are also universal. The reader can relate – either because she herself has experienced some of the same situations, the same emotions, or just is given insight into what that must be like, from that writer’s perspective.
This friend told me – at first with great assertion – then quickly changing to fear and uncertainty – “I’ve decided I’m going to publish.” I was thrilled. I had believed for a long time that her poems would find a ready audience, and that they should be shared.
Like my other friend from several years back, I was able to tell this friend, now, to “Go for it! You deserve this. It is important. You can do it. And yes, you (and your writing) are good enough!”
It was a privilege and an honor. And I cannot wait to see where this journey is going to take her. She is a strong woman, and a talented writer, whom I admire very much. I’m so lucky to be able to call her my friend – and luckier still to be in a place where I can give her encouragement in this endeavor. Just like someone else did for me a few years ago. It changed my life.
© writingreading, 2009