April is National Poetry Month! YCPL is celebrating with a way for teens to get creative with a form of found poetry called Blackout Poetry.
Blackout Poetry is where you select words that catch your interest from a newspaper, book, or other printed text – along with a few additional words to make it flow. Then you redact all the words you don't want. Your chosen words will form a new message, giving the text a whole new meaning. Once you form your poem, you can decorate the page or simply black out the words you didn't use. In the example at right, blue swirls were added to lead the reader through the poem. Stop by the Youth Services desk at either the Tabb or Yorktown Libraries to pick up mini kits during the week of April 19-24.
If you need inspiration for your blackout poetry, we have lots of great resources! Check out this list of poetry books for some ideas.