Playing With Blackout Poems #sol19


I’ve been experimenting with blackout poetry, although I’m not exactly confident that I’m following the format:) I’m reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll and pulled two short passages from that text for two poems. 

Passage #1-Carroll, Ryder. The Bullet Journal Method (p. 147). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Our curiosity is the exciting electricity we feel in the presence of potential. It sparks our imagination and wonder, drawing us out of ourselves and into the world. It’s a magnetism that often supersedes reason, greed, personal gain, and even happiness. You’ve already experienced this in some form, be it attraction to a person, fascination with a topic, or the thrill of working on something you enjoy. Your curiosity can also be drawn toward things that you haven’t experienced yet. Maybe it’s the idea of raising a family, starting a company, making an album, or addressing a particular problem in the world. Whatever they may be, these are the things your heart has identified as potentially meaningful.

My Poem:


Exciting electricity

Sparks imagination and wonder




The things your heart has identified

Passage #2-Carroll, Ryder. The Bullet Journal Method (p. 133). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Reflection is the nursery of intentionality. It grants us the protected mental environment we need to reclaim some much-needed perspective and begin to ask why. Through Reflection, we cultivate the habit of checking in with ourselves to examine our progress, our responsibilities, our circumstances, and our state of mind. It helps us see if we’re solving the right problems, answering the right questions. It’s by questioning our experience that we begin to sort the wheat from the chaff—the why from the what.

My Poem:



Protected perspective

To examine our progress

Our responsibilities

Our circumstances,

And our state of mind


The why from the what



11 thoughts on “Playing With Blackout Poems #sol19

  1. margaretsmn

    This is a great way to mine the text for the important words you want to remember. I’ve never though about doing black out poetry for this purpose. I should try it with my students. Thanks!

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  2. glenda funk

    I don’t think there’s an incorrect way to create blackout poetry. I’ve asked students to pull favorite passages from books to create blackout poems, given them passages, seen blackout poems turned into art in relief.

    Your method of composing the poem separate from the original text is new to me. Now I need to try that!

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  3. Tracy Vogelgesang

    I think your poems turned out great! I may use this idea in my science classes. I am interested in reading that book, also. I do my own take on bullet journalling, but I confess that I’ve not read Ryder Carrol’s information about it.

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