Sunday, May 16, 2021

Read Between The Lines

Recently, at my other blog, I did a series of erasure or black-out poetry. I took old newspapers and magazines, even on-line posts, took a marker pen (digital too) and started blacking out lines. Looking back, mostly what was created was not poetry, but it was fun doing it.

I chose five, which I think are the best of the lot, for your reading pleasure.

If you want to read the whole nine-yards click the LINE HERE.

Read Between The Lines


skip socialising today
You may be reminded of a debt


a spider's web across

the truth
must be shining with light


having fun should not be hard
you need to pay attention to it


you always carry lots of money.
That's the problem.


No history could tell the secret
of that have always existed on the fringes,
the witch doctor
the hidden temples
the jungle tribe

Really, my mind has a blackout almost every day, and you want to talk to me about poetry?
- dsnake1's muse

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Lisa said...

Those are wonderful! I love blackout and erasures! I love reading them, and being awed by the words others pull out, and I love doing them. In fact, it's a bit of an addiction when I'm just sitting and reading a magazine.

16 May, 2021 22:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
yes, i agree that it can be a bit of an addiction wanting to do blackout poetry just sitting and reading a magazine. :)

16 May, 2021 23:00  
Blogger rallentanda said...

These are such fun...I like writing them too.

16 May, 2021 23:25  
Blogger Helen said...

These are delightful .... every one. I am going to give erasure poetry a try!

16 May, 2021 23:33  
Blogger colleen said...

So much wisdom hid for us to find. Like magnetic poetry we stream of conscious with. I especially like the one about carrying too much money and that's the problem.

17 May, 2021 00:15  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

They read like morsels of daily wisdom. Number 8, in particular, makes an impact.

17 May, 2021 00:36  
Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

What a marvelous collection. I love the art of blackout poems.

17 May, 2021 03:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you! :)


yes, please give it a try. it's fun. :)


yes, a stream of conscious. you skim through the lines & try to visualise another scenario out of it.
glad that you liked that one. :)

17 May, 2021 07:39  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Fascinating! #4 puts me in mind of a fortune cookie. I love the mystery in #8 and #17. I have tried erasures a number of times but am never much good at it. Wrong kind of mind, perhaps. I admire the way Magaly and some others do it. For myself, I am better at the other kind of found poetry, where one spots a poem in an existing sequence of words.

17 May, 2021 09:13  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

PS Your hint to Colleen is a revelation to me; I might give erasures another try with that in mind.

17 May, 2021 09:14  
Blogger Old Egg said...

Perhaps eradicating a few words makes more sense than adding a few more!

17 May, 2021 09:52  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
#8, yes, in this age of fake news & lies. :)


Thank you!
you should give it a go. :)


Thank you!
each writer has his/her own talents, i guess. the type of found poetry you described is actually not that easy to do.
#8 & #17 came from printer proof sheets of the same novel, thus the style is the same. do you find it odd that the sheets were used to wrap groceries i bought?
have another go at blackout poetry. you may be surprised. :)

PS : have you read all the 19 blackout poems?

17 May, 2021 11:30  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


haha, a case of 'the less the better'?

17 May, 2021 11:33  
Blogger magiceye said...

Fascinating process! Lovely results!

18 May, 2021 10:02  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, magiceye! :)

18 May, 2021 10:55  
Blogger Jenna said...

This was cool to read!

20 May, 2021 04:09  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Jenna! :)

20 May, 2021 12:33  
Blogger A Cuban In London said...

Such an original idea. Loved it. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

21 May, 2021 04:12  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Mario! :)

21 May, 2021 12:56  
Blogger Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

21 May, 2021 22:48  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rajani! :)

21 May, 2021 23:22  
Anonymous Jewish Young Professional said...

I love this concept. #10 is awesome

10 June, 2021 08:00  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Jewish Young Professional !
Have you read the whole lot? :)

10 June, 2021 22:51  

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