Poetry Challenge Week Four: Blackout Poems

 It’s week FOUR of the Weekly Poetry Challenge, and this week is all about blackout poems! A blackout poem is created by taking a block of text—like from a newspaper, magazine, or book—and “blacking out” everything except the words you want. Here’s a blackout poem I wrote: Created using the book MAKE BLACKOUT POETRY by John Carroll Read some black out poems! Here are some blackout poems by author Austin Kleon . Examples of student-created blackout poems . Check out this Pinterest board for more examples. Write a black out poem! When creating your blackout poem, you may to start with a pencil and circle or block around the words you want to keep for your poem. Then, once you’re happy with your poem use a sharpie to black out everything you don’t want. Blackout poetry is a great visual, but you can also type out your poem when you’re done to make it easier to read. Need a little help? Here’s a video by Austin Kleon on how he makes blackout poetry. If you or your kids write blackout poem

Acrostics and Diamantes from our readers

It has been fun to see the poems that some of our readers and their children have been writing over the past two weeks as part of the Parent and Child Poetry Challenge! Here are some of the poems they have shared with us, and a few of our own. First up, acrostics!

By Nic and Harry (and Mom)

This one is by Rebecca and her daughters, inspired by a scene in THE TWO TOWERS by J. R. R. Tolkien:


by Julia McMullen, Samantha Coté, and Rebecca J. Gomez

Oh, how I've longed to gaze upon these grey-skinned
Legendary beasts, earth-shattering steps
In time with the ominous drum. I crouch to steal a glimpse, they
Plod along, and, but for our quest, this scene would hold me
Here. But Frodo urgest me
Away from this view, from the stew left
Uneaten in the pot.
No one back home will believe this
Treasured tale from a hobbit's adventure.


Two acrostics by Elizabeth E.:

Sweet relief from


Ever going

Existence and


Some time after winter

People smiling with glee

Rays reach from the sun

It warms up the tree

Nature leaps from the soil

Green covers all we see

We have a few diamantes to share too!

By Nic and Harry (and Mom)

by Jude

By Joseph

By Marci Whitehurst

Thank you to everyone who shared poems with us. Don't forget to write shape poems this week! We hope to have several more reader poems to share at the end of the month!