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Close Poetry Month with the NYT Poetry in Prose

If you cling April because it is National Poetry Month, here’s an activity to make the last week a special one.  Screen Shot 2014 04 27 at 4.07.38 PM 209x300 Close Poetry Month with the NYT Poetry in ProseYou can use it to create a spontaneous slam.

This week, The New York Times allows you to uncover poetry in prose.  This blackout poetry activity, popularized by writer/artist Austin Kleon, encourages readers to create poems by redacting words from ordinary texts

The Times offers snippets of articles for this creation.  Select an article, click on up to 15 words, and compose your own blackout poem.

Resulting poems may be shared on social media and are given a permalink.  Selected Reader Poems offer a little inspiration.  Here’s an example.

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for this lead.

 

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Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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