Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Beast (blackout poetry)


the beast
so much wretchedness
to describe or imagine
deep absence detested
the burden upon my soul
still my tormentor came
breathed terror
happiness disturbed

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Blackout poetry from page 22 of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness illustrated by Gris Grimly

44 comments:

  1. Chilling and mysterious lines. That beast seems to frighten the soul as well as the mind.

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  2. Such a torment for the beast, and the one who shares the burden on the soul ~ I like your source of blackout poetry Kathryn ~

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    1. Thanks Grace, I haven't finished reading this book but I love the pairing of writing and illustration.

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  3. a work from a children's book... nice... don't like happiness distrubed

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    1. Thanks for the header love, I can't help myself I always seem to gravitate towards the dark.

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  4. so much wretchedness... poor beast. Love the work you used for this poem.

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    1. Thanks, its such a great book and I love the illustrations.

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  5. yikes....that is quite scary....
    feeling the breath on my neck...

    ha

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    1. Keep one eye open when you sleep tonight, he, he, he.

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  6. Ha! My first thought was "This is disturbing..." Then I saw the source. Well done.

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    1. Disturbing yes . . . I often wonder what that says about my mind!

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  7. Ooh... Very creepy/cool... Love that you used Poe.

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  8. Poe 4 Children, wow, sort of like Bukowski 4 Kids; clever take on the prompt; creepy yes, but SFFV
    (safe for famly viewing).

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    1. Thanks Glenn, it's a fantastic book with amazing illustrations. :)

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  9. The beast disturbing happiness how rude..Interesting book selection tainted with some darkness to give it an edge.

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  10. oh heck... the tormentor made my stomach cringe.. i do love the book illustration and how you blacked the words out and circled them... a piece of artwork in itself

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  11. I don't know if you have read the book Lord of the Flies, but this poem took me back to the book and the beast it talks about. Amazing and chilly.

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    1. I read that book many years ago now so barely remember it but I know what you mean.

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  12. that beast.. What a chilling poem. Sounds a lot like a nightmare. The image of your blackout piece is a pice of art..

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    1. Thanks Bjorn, this was a lot of fun and the perfect kickstart for me.

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  13. Creating a feeling of being down the doldrums and perhaps with frightening consequences makes your write most effective. Great one Kathryn!

    Hank

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  14. Frighteningly poetic! Nightmarish tone.
    Happy New Year, Kathryn.

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    1. Happy New Year to you to Mary . . . . sorry if I frightened you. :)

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  15. I love Edgar Allen Poe for his ability to define the darkness within humanity, and you did this very well with your poem here.

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    1. Thanks, it was fun to work with something of Poe's for this.

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  16. Oh, well done. What a chilling piece you've created.

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    1. Thanks, it was fun to get the creative juices flowing.

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  18. Oh I've been wanting to try my hand it this for a while now...I see them come through my instagram feed and it looks like such fun. Not sure I have any books I want to mark up though....did you buy it second hand?

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    1. I photocopied the page I wanted to use and marked that up. Couldn't bear to make up an actual book. Then took a photo of it. :) It was fun.

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  19. happiness disturbed, indeed!

    i think it's awesome you used a piece by edgar allen poe...when i moved back in the summer, i remember throwing a collected words of poe away because i'd torn it in half accidentally...now i regret it but i guess back then i wasn't considering the possible use for blackout poetry.

    i enjoyed this read! :)

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    1. Interesting that you say that. I have a dream book that's falling apart that I was thinking of throwing out. Might have to see if I can get any blackout poetry from it. :)

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  20. Yikes! Creepy and disturbing. I like.

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  21. This would disturb anyone's happiness. The stuff of nightmare. Wonderfully done (please don't search; i didn't participate). Happy New year!

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