Revisited Blackout Poetry
Last semester I was inspired to create blackout poetry by the discourse around news, truth and information. I used paint to take a piece of text and make it say whatever I wanted it to, including messages directly opposite of the ones of the original text. By doing this through my selected medium I created art, but on a regular basis misinformation is spread and people in power fail to be honest. People twist information into whatever narrative they want, like I did with the original sections of Lapham’s Quarterly I took.
Taking the words of other authors out of context made me wonder what could be done to my own words, so I decided to create blackout poetry out of some of my own writings from the course. I made as several different poems with the same block of text, my 30 second presentation of a photo from the Berlin Wall. Seeing how many different messages and tones I could make out of one short block of text was enlightening, and I am better able to understand how simple it is to only read what you want to read from a text and the dangers of doing so.