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#blackout - POEM PROMPT CONTEST

June 9, 2020

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Hello there! It’s Ellen here. I have an idea to post a prompt every few weeks for that week, a mini-contest of sorts, but more so a prompt to get your creative juices flowing. At the end of the week, I’ll compile everyone’s entries into one post and I will comment on each one!

If you like the idea of this, please comment below! 

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So, from scrolling about on Instagram, I saw a really interesting prompt that I would like to share with you all. 

This prompt is all to do with the style of ‘blackout poetry’. This basically where you get a big block of text, select a few words from the text that catch your eye and put them together into a poem.

The style is called ‘blackout poetry’ because what you’re supposed to do is black out the rest of the text so that you only have your chosen words left, however, because we can’t really do that on this site, I have a different way to work around it.

1) Select a song, monologue or famous poem. A song would be preferable! 

2) Highlight/bold words that stand out to you from the song. 

EXAMPLE: ‘Anxiety’ by Palaye Royale from google song lyrics: 

My relations with the man above lately
Indecisions have been breaking my sanity
Contamination of a twisted society
Retaliation when I'm full of anxiety
And I was born to be anything I wanted to be
Raised to be mean
I'm a masterpiece
Blasphemy meet again in a world so vicious
Children crying, mothers scream, fathers drink
All you bastards scream
All you bastards scream
All you bastards scream
A Band-Aid on a bullet hole that's still bleeding
Numb you up until you can't feel a God damn thing
A generation full of anti-sobriety
A generation that is full of anxiety
(Full of anxiety)
And I was born to be anything I wanted to be
Raised to be mean
I'm a masterpiece
Blasphemy meet again in a world so vicious
Children crying, mothers scream, fathers drink
All you bastards scream
All you bastards scream
All you bastards scream
All the voices in your head that keep talking
All the blood on your skin that keeps crawling
All the voices in your head to keep talking
All the blood on your skin that keeps crawling
I was born to be anything (I wanted to be)
Raised to be mean
I'm a masterpiece
Blasphemy meet again in a world so vicious
Children crying, mothers scream, fathers drink
All you bastards scream
All you bastards scream
All you bastards scream


3) Make your poem with your selected words! 

Contamination masterpiece 
Scream bastards 
on a generation 
Raised in a world 
To be crying. 


RULES 

- PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PIECES BY 13th JUNE MIDNIGHT! 

- Poems can be as short or long as you want. 

- Make sure #blackout is in the title of your posts! Submit your post in this comment section. 

- Make sure you post your response with your blackout poem FIRST, then your chosen text with your selected words SECOND. Please put before you the block of text WHO IT IS BY to avoid any complication with plagiarism! 


Have fun! 
 

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1 Comment
  • elliem

    Reply: yes it is partially because Canada is a French and English speaking country. In BC (where I am), at least, schools must have the option of teaching French. At our school, it’s even mandatory to take it up until grade 10 or so (but I continued to take it afterwards cause I like it). Also, this sounds so cool and I’ll definitely try to enter! <3


    6 months ago