Thirty-year-old, John Carroll, "found other artists were working [on blackout poetry] from books, not just newspapers. Pulling a Sharpie from his desk and a book from his bag, he set to work cannibalizing the text, obliterating all the words with black ink except for a chosen few that would survive in the form of a new poem. It was creative and destructive, and, within days, he was hooked. Within months, the “hidden messages”—the words his subconscious mind called out—had become less forlorn. Within years, the poems were downright positive. Carroll wasn’t just blacking out words with blackout poetry; he was blacking out his depression. “The daily, meditative process of searching a page for meaning gave me the opportunity to reflect,” he says. “During those hard times, I felt like if I just kept hope in my heart that tomorrow would be better, that I could persist through today. Making blackout poetry opened the door to feeling hopeful again.” [Read more] https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/how-john-carroll-discovered-blackout-poetry-and-accidentally-built-a-community-of-hope/
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