There’s a new group on Instagram dedicated to gathering blackout poets together for weekly creative challenges. Blackout Poetry Challenges is an overwhelmingly supportive group and members cheer each other on. Several weeks ago the challenge was to use something different or unexpected to “cover up” the unnecessary words to reveal the poem you found.
I used dirt as my alternative medium.
The sun was shining, I was filling pots with flowers for the season, and I was reading Lab Girl, a memoir by botanist Hope Jahren. Chapter 4 begins, “Soil is a funny thing in that it isn’t really anything in and of itself but is instead the product of two different worlds coming together. Soil is the naturally produced grafitti that results from tensions between the biological and geological realms.”
And from there I found my “great cover up” poem.