May 30, 2014

Poet in the Rye

I'd forgotten about redacted poetry, but was recently reintroduced to the idea when reading about Austin Kleon, author of Newspaper Blackout.  Here are a couple of his examples.

All the poems I've seen or attempted to do myself have this similar blocked out look, so I was completely blown away when Jillian shared this school assignment with me:

                                            I'm not trying to contribute
                                            Something valuable to the world
                                            But to have a passion

It is absolutely beautiful!!  The poem, the art, the poem as art, the whole of it.  Love!

I love that it is on an actual book page and not a photocopied piece of paper.  She said her teacher walked around the room with a copy of Catcher in the Rye, the book they'd been studying, tearing pages out as she went along, randomly giving one to each student.

Jill says she was pretty lucky to get the page she did to be able to pull this poem out of the text.

You and I know she would have come up with something remarkable even if she had been given an empty cereal box.

I can't wait till the is project is returned to her so I can display it our home.  I love it!!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!


  1. Love how you used the book paper and left some words exposed, and then added the design. I haven't done this for years and I thank you for refreshing my memory. You made a great page.

    1. Thank you, Erika! I've passed your comments on to my daughter, Jillian. :)

  2. Wow! I love, love, love Jillian's creation. Brilliant, lovely, simply awesome! And I love how you introduced and explained it, Lisa. I had never heard of redacted poetry, so your blog was a perfect introduction. I think Jillian's teacher must be a very great teacher. What a creative thing to do. The San Diego public library has a wonderful display of "book art"--art created with actual discarded old books. Jillian's work would be a brilliant item to hand on the walls of the library--but as her proud Momma, you should keep it to hang on the wall at home as you have planned.

    1. Oh, that exhibit at the library sounds awesome!!! Hope it's still on display the next time we come for a visit!


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