Read Between the Lines to Find Texas Poet's Verse

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Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker — and eliminates the words he doesn't need. He recently transformed an article about a piano concert into a poem that begins: "Forget about trying to speak ... the image is the travelogue."

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

A poet in Texas is blacking out words in order to write. Instead of starting with a blank page, Austin Kleon grabs the New York Times and a permanent marker and then eliminates the words he doesn't need. He recently transformed an article about a piano concert into a poem that begins: Forget about trying to speak, the image is the travelogue. The newspaper ends up more black than white and shows another way to read between the lines.

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