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It was last year when Leha Biswas – then a student at Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar – and her classmates were introduced to ‘occulting poetry’. By witnessing the apathetic responses of the students in class, the professor decided to make the lecture interesting. She asked everyone to choose a randomly written document, scribble over the existing text, and remember a few words so that the end result would be coherent and meaningful in itself. “It started there, after which I continued to create poetry using a few pages here and there whenever I felt the need,” the 21-year-old shares.

Occult poetry is a style in which poets and artists practice erasing one or more words from any existing text to derive poems with entirely new meaning. A sub-genre of found poetry, Vinati Bhola, a published poet and lawyer – a Delhi resident who currently lives in Geneva – calls it “an art of finding poetry” and says the original text can be chosen from a newspaper , a magazine , or even book.

In search of a new meaning

Blackout poetry explores both literature and art. The patrons of this literary art therefore exist in both mediums. As much as the process gives enthusiasts the opportunity to explore this text to create verse, artists are looking for ways to use it as a playground for their creativity. Take for example Aakanksha R Gautam (27), an artist and model from Moolchand who creates works of art through occult poetry.

Unlike the conventional form in which a poet writes part of the text using a black permanent marker, Gautam tries to experiment on the document with colors, patterns and textures. The result, she says, is an interesting juxtaposition of drawings with words. “For me, it’s about finding something meaningful from a text that doesn’t have much literary value. After experimenting with it for years, I now want to keep it simple and add my own designs that represent my style.

Some works of blackout poetry created by Aakanksha R Gautam

Several people mention that the process of creating blackout poetry helps them relax. A typical example is Prachi Mishra (24), a resident of Saket who was introduced to this style of poetry in 2018, her first year of college. Mishra soon began to use occult poetry as a creative outlet. “I had just heard blackout poetry somewhere and decided to give it a try. It’s not always easy to share your thoughts. This poetry is something I turn to when I feel tired or overwhelmed,” she says. The technique served as a source of respite for Mishra, who – in her third year – then organized an occult poetry contest for other students. “I resonated a lot with the entries. Reading the thoughts put into these works calmed me down a lot.

In recent years, students like Mishra have also attempted to introduce this form into university spaces. In recent years, Delhi University College Literary Societies such as that of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, North Campus, Janki Devi Memorial College, Rajinder Nagar among others have been holding black poetry competitions. out as part of their annual celebrations. Noting the growing popularity of this form, Veio Pou, an English teacher at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Sheikh Sarai, comments: “It’s interesting. It’s always possible to talk about something new and exciting. Students, I’m sure, are interested in exploring this form of poetry.

Stimulate artistic creativity

Practitioners of occult poetry often use random text specifically to achieve the desired result. While Bhola used newspapers to create her poems, Mishra refers to 19th century literary texts such as the works of Jane Austen, Emily Bronte which she says facilitate the process and help her create something that stands out. out of the ordinary because of the common vocabulary in these texts.

Gautam, on the other hand, has converted rather boring and technical guides from government agencies into works of art. “It’s very rewarding because you end up creating poetry from text that has absolutely nothing literary in it,” she comments, adding that she believes in reusing texts she doesn’t. doesn’t resonate – almost as if she were lifting a mundane document into a web of experimentation.

Some artists feel that this medium of literary art can be restrictive. Bhola, for example, sticks to conventional poetry. “I like to play with a lot more words than a single page of a book can offer,” she shares. However, Mishra and Biswas believe that, without being as tedious a form of creation as traditional poetry, occult poetry helps to find its own voice.

It was last year when Leha Biswas – then a student at Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar – and her classmates were introduced to ‘occulting poetry’. By witnessing the apathetic responses of the students in class, the professor decided to make the lecture interesting. She asked everyone to choose a randomly written document, scribble over the existing text, and remember a few words so that the end result would be coherent and meaningful in itself. “It started there, after which I continued to create poetry using a few pages here and there whenever I felt the need,” the 21-year-old shares. Occult poetry is a style in which poets and artists practice erasing one or more words from any existing text to derive poems with entirely new meaning. A sub-genre of found poetry, Vinati Bhola, a published poet and lawyer – a Delhi resident who currently lives in Geneva – calls it “an art of finding poetry” and says the original text can be chosen from a newspaper , a magazine , or even book. In Search of New Meaning Blackout poetry explores both literature and art. The patrons of this literary art therefore exist in both mediums. As much as the process gives enthusiasts the opportunity to explore this text to create verse, artists are looking for ways to use it as a playground for their creativity. Take for example Aakanksha R Gautam (27), an artist and model from Moolchand who creates works of art through occult poetry. Unlike the conventional form in which a poet writes part of the text using a black permanent marker, Gautam tries to experiment on the document with colors, patterns and textures. The result, she says, is an interesting juxtaposition of drawings with words. “For me, it’s about finding something meaningful from a text that doesn’t have much literary value. After experimenting with it for years, I now want to keep it simple and add my own designs that represent my style. Some blackout poetry artworks created by Aakanksha R Gautam Several people mention that the process of creating blackout poetry helps them relax. A typical example is Prachi Mishra (24), a resident of Saket who was introduced to this style of poetry in 2018, her first year of college. Mishra soon began to use occult poetry as a creative outlet. “I had just heard blackout poetry somewhere and decided to give it a try. It’s not always easy to share your thoughts. This poetry is something I turn to when I feel tired or overwhelmed,” she says. The technique served as a source of respite for Mishra, who – in her third year – then organized an occult poetry contest for other students. “I resonated a lot with the entries. Reading the thoughts put into these works calmed me down a lot. In recent years, students like Mishra have also tried to introduce this form into university spaces. In recent years, Delhi University College Literary Societies such as that of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, North Campus, Janki Devi Memorial College, Rajinder Nagar among others have been holding blackout poetry competitions as part of of their annual parties. Noting the growing popularity of this form, Veio Pou, Professor of English at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Sheikh Sarai, comments: “It’s interesting. It’s always possible to talk about something new and interesting. “exciting. Students, I’m sure, are interested in exploring this form of poetry. Stimulating artistic creativity Practitioners of occult poetry often use random text, specifically to obtain ir a desired result. While Bhola used newspapers to create her poems, Mishra refers to 19th century literary texts such as the works of Jane Austen, Emily Bronte which she says facilitate the process and help her create something that stands out. out of the ordinary because of the common vocabulary in these texts. Gautam, on the other hand, has converted rather boring and technical guides from government agencies into works of art. “It’s very rewarding because you end up creating poetry from text that has absolutely nothing literary in it,” she comments, adding that she believes in reusing texts she doesn’t. doesn’t resonate – almost as if she were lifting a mundane document into a web of experimentation. Some artists feel that this medium of literary art can be restrictive. Bhola, for example, sticks to conventional poetry. “I like to play with a lot more words than a single page of a book can offer,” she shares. However, Mishra and Biswas believe that, while not as tedious a form of creation as traditional poetry, occult poetry helps to find its own voice.

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