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[Atlas of Imagination] Redacted poetry

A friend sent me a link to Texas author, cartoonist, and web designer Austin Kleon's website with the comment, "I want a print of this to hang on my wall. Hello, subconscious."



Couldn't agree more.

I'm not usually big on found poetry, so I don’t know why the idea of finding it in the newspaper with a black marker to redact all the bits you don't need is so very compelling. Maybe it's because we're used to seeing those thick black lines over the important information, hiding things from us rather than revealing them; maybe it's the way the placement of the remaining words has this almost tactile visual flow and structure. Maybe it's the quasi-manifesto attached and how much that intrigues me, when thought through: "As humans living in the modern age, we spend our lives sifting through the mountain of information piled on us, looking for a few golden nuggets that we can use, discarding the rest. And so, our creativity isn’t about what we choose to leave in, it’s about what we choose to leave out."

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wirewalking
Jul. 27th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
You're reminding me of this. D'you know it? I've not read it in ohgod many years. But I remember it being fun.
leahbobet
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
...oh huh, neat. I didn't know about that.
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