Following the collected poetry are instructions for writing your own Newspaper Blackout pieces and samples of work submitted by others. Readers should not fight the temptation to try this writing technique, about which the author explains, “What’s exciting about the poems is that by destroying writing you can create new writing.”
I am not so erudite that I read the New York Times (just erudite enough to use terms like “erudite”), but I look forward to creating my own poems with some popular, yet intellectually "inferior," titles such as People and Woman’s Day. Hey, I wonder how some of those “amusing anecdote” pages from Reader’s Digest might work out.
From the first poem I read in Newspaper Blackout, “His Wife Appears,” I was hooked. This is a thought-provoking, fun, and inspirational book that will bring out the poet in you, if you’ll only let it.
His Wife appears
nude in the moonlight, then
(Note: spacing as it appears in Newspaper Blackout.)
Bottom Line: Would I buy Newspaper Blackout? Yes, she exclaimed enthusiastically, I love this book!