We’ve used discarded newspaper to line pet boxes, kill weeds, pack fragile dishes, and even start campfires. Now we can use that paper as a stepping stone to becoming poets. Auston Kleon’s web site, Newspaper Blackout, offers basic instructions for turning news articles into poetry. Anyone can have fun with bad news.
Pick an article. Find a starting word and make your way through the text adding additional selections until you have a complete thought. I suggest using a pencil to mark the words you plan to keep before wielding the marker. My first attempt was ruined when Mr. Sharpie bled over a key word.
I began with a depressing article about cars being towed from a local lot. Hungry people, desperate for nourishment, parked and walked to McDonald’s, only to find their cars missing when they returned. The article reports the owner of the lot has an ax to grind with McDonald’s and has a tow truck waiting to pounce. Buried in the article is a message of peace and hope.
This is fun. I might have to renew my newspaper subscription.
How about some good news that doesn’t need to change?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16