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The Wichita is Dead
Austin Kleon

Copyright by Austin Kleon. Used with the author's permission.



 Austin Kleon is a writer, cartoonist and, in former lives, a librarian, web designer, and advertising copywriter. Austin's newspaper blackout poems--created by using a black marker to hide unnecessary words--have been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in The Wall Street Journal, and all over the web. He is a New York Times bestselling author of three books which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Born and raised in Ohio, Austin now lives and works in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, their son, Owen, and their dog, Milo. You can see more of his work online at


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Intriguing, to say the least. Format, I think, is just as important in some ways as the content of the work.
Posted 09/02/2014 12:12 PM
Wilda Morris:
I've read some books of erasure poetry and experimented with it. Thanks for sharing this clever one.
Posted 09/02/2014 10:46 AM
Jean Colonomos:
A fun poem highly reminiscent of Mary Ruefle's small volume titled, "A Little White Shadow."
Posted 09/02/2014 10:44 AM
so clever and how better to express emptiness!
Posted 09/02/2014 08:31 AM
Thank you for reaching out into less traditional poetry. Keep it up!
Posted 09/02/2014 07:50 AM
Wow! This is great! I've been erasing the newspaper into poems for a few years! Didn't realize others were, but why not?! My blog is Alethea
Posted 09/02/2014 06:52 AM
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