Thursday, April 19, 2012

S–V–O Blackout Poetry

Blackout poetry finds the hidden profundities in the mundane printed word. I'm an editor. I had more fun editing the sentences down to their basic subject–verb–object structure.

This exercise is from Unstuck by Noah Scanlon.

War and Change
It was inevitable.
The scale is startling.
It goes.

The center increased.
It had added the survey, the supervision and receipt, the issue, and the management.

The Department increased.
Increases resulted.
The Interior was responsible.

The Office introduced improvements.
Delivery was introduced.
There were improvements.

The army set up organization.
There are difficulties.

A New Era
it was natural
they were unfamiliar
pressure mounted
their image became tarnished
an enthusiasm and the lure had drawn sums

much passed
events worked

rates reduced earnings
charges stimulated opposition and fostered demands

the railroads were forced to cut rates
they had a monopoly and could raise rates
the railroads entered politics

Source pages: an old history book.

Here are a few more from an old human biology book.

Difference can have an effect.
The comparison played a part.
Blood-pressure is recognized.
Cases fall.
The distribution is continuous.
The pressures increase.
Workers believe.
The form is due.
Others hold.
Bimodality is obscured.

The blood-pressure is constant, and the conditions must be standardized.
The subject should be free.
The type and the method must be considered,
and it should be remembered.

Figures vary.

The Size and Shape
The need was felt, and anthropometry has been the mainstay.
It is true, but aim was the definition.

It is surprising.
Bias is reflected.

It was felt, and characteristics were a guide.
This is an assumption.

Measurements are important.
Measurements may be required.
Both are forms.
Many can be expressed, but we use measurements.

I found myself stressing over getting the perfect poem with traditional blackout poetry. I had a lot more fun cutting through the adjectives and prepositional phrases to get to the meat of the page.The results read like some profound experimental verse. I may try this with the junk mail too. Poetry day!


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