Library and Information Week: Blackout poetry with Nura at Brisbane Square Library - video transcript

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>> NURA: Hello Everyone, I’m Nura from Brisbane Square Library. 

Before we get started, I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we meet, pay my respect to Elders who are with us today and those who have passed. 

Welcome to Library Information Week 2020! This year the theme is 'create'. Every day this week Brisbane Libraries will be sharing an online event celebrating creativity. We encourage you all to get creative with us and share the projects we inspire. 

Today here at Brisbane Square Library, we will be focusing on Blackout Poetry. Now this is a really fun activity for all ages. And so, you can get as creative as you like and make something like this, or you can keep it nice and simple and you can make it something like this. Remember the focus is on the poetry – so you don’t even have to have to create full sentences. Remember that poetry uses imagery and metaphors to convey feelings and emotions, and the focus is really on that language.

So, in order to make one, you just need a piece of photocopied text from a book. You can use a junior book, adult book, graphic novel, magazine, just anything you find that you can photocopy and draw on. So, let’s make one together.

Alright so, first you skim the page, don’t actually read it, and find some words that stick out to you. So, let’s have a look. Oh, I like the word 'curiosity', so let’s put a mark there. And how about 'falling', that’s a good one, and 'plenty'. I like the word 'wonder', so we’ll mark that one.

And so, we will go back through it again and this time we will actually circle these words that we’ve picked out. So, circle 'curiosity', we liked 'falling', and 'plenty'. Oh, I like 'deep', so we’ll add that one in, we’ll add 'wonder'. Oh and how about this one, 'bookshelves', because it is Library Information Week.

Alright, and so we go through it again and see if we want anything else and see how these connect together. And once we’re happy with that, I think we’re pretty good. Like I said before, this is poetry so it can be as free as you like it to be. We are just trying to convey some meaning and feeling here.

So, once we’ve gone through and picked all of our words, we’ll grab our permanent marker and we’ll circle these. Because this is our blackout poetry, so nice and dark, we want all of our words to stand out beautifully. So, we’ve got 'plenty', and 'wonder', and 'bookshelves', and 'deep'.

All right, and so now that we have all of our words highlighted, you can take as much time as you like to get creative. But we might just cover out the rest of these words here, just to make sure that the words we circled are really the focus of our blackout poetry. And then maybe, later on, we can decorate that, but there you go. This is an example of our blackout poetry.

>> SPEAKER 1: Dark no longer fell among the flowers.

>> SPEAKER 2: Ebony, grave and stern. Shorn and shaven, craven, ghastly grim. Ancient ungainly fowl. Lonely, nothing uttered, on the morrow will he leave.

>> SPEAKER 3: At home children unfolded revealing a path of golden adventure.

>> SPEAKER 4: Beauty has disappeared.

>> SPEAKER 5: I write this last letter, you made me not feel alone. Our moments so beautiful, not sad, alive. The wonder, love, are infinite.

>> NURA: Thank-you for joining us today. We hope you’re ready to dive into making your own blackout poetry. Remember to share your poems in the comments below, by tagging us @Brisbanelibraries, or using the hashtags #Brisbanelibraries #law2020.

Tomorrow is the last day of Library and Information Week 2020 and the team at Garden City are getting creative with science. Join them as they share fun and easy experiments you can do at home. See you later. 

Last updated: 28 May 2020
Topics: library