I'm sure that by now everyone has seen these blackout poems somewhere online. I thought that they looked pretty cool, bit I didn't want to deface a book to try one. On Wednesday my roommate and I walked in to the class we have together and were handed a copy of a page of the book the we were reading. Instead of discussing the reading, we made poems as a class, then had a poetry slam. It was actually a lot of fun. This is a page from Sorrows of Empire, by Chalmers Johnson, which is terrifying and also a book that every American should be required to read.