Just what is blackout poetry? It is the act of removing or "blacking out" existing text to create a new piece of work. It's fun and rewarding for word-puzzle lovers, writers, visual artists, designers, and this book provides a collection of texts that you can repurpose for your own poems. Make your own ingenious remix of words by Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and Victor Hugo, or use your pen to find hidden gems in facsimile pages of vintage etiquette manuals, slang dictionaries, newspapers, and more. In the introduction, John Carroll includes tips for approaching this genre editorially and visually, and provides examples of finished pieces that range from simple to sublime.