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Your support means a lot to us, especially during this time. Stay safe and take care of yourselves. As always...sending lots of love!

Michael Nyers
Fade into a Blackout - Blackout Poetry

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Last updated on May 16, 2020

How Fade into a Blackout - Blackout Poetry is adapting to Covid-19:

Hello friends! We work with a fulfillment partner to print and ship most of our orders. We’re in regular communication with them for the latest updates of what’s going on. Our fulfillment partner is still operating and we’re continuing to accept orders. Fulfillment and shipping will take longer but your order will reach you.

Your support means a lot to us, especially during this time. Stay safe and take care of yourselves. As always...sending lots of love!

Michael Nyers
Fade into a Blackout - Blackout Poetry

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Artist Statement / Michael Nyers

My work over the past few years or so has centered around blackout poetry — a mixture of poetry and art made by taking printed text and blacking out unwanted words to create a poem or statement. In it’s truest form, I feel that blackout poetry is a look into the subconscious mind that can promote mindfulness and creativity, benefiting overall well-being and mental health.

About seven years ago, maintaining a career as an art director/graphic designer/web designer, it seemed that one day my stress and anxiety had started to rise. Overloaded at work, marital issues began to surface and other personal matters were starting to take their toll. For the first time in my life I truly understood the meaning of depression. My anxiety was unmanageable, and my OCD tendencies began to spiral out of control. I couldn’t focus and concentrate at work and, as a result, was eventually let go. I was absolutely devastated. After being diagnosed with Major Clinical Depression, severe Generalized Anxiety Disorder, severe OCD and PTSD, I truly felt that I had hit rock bottom. I literally couldn’t function; I was at the lowest point in my life.

That’s when I discovered blackout poetry one day while browsing the Internet. I found it so fascinating that I immediately ran out and bought one book and one Sharpie marker. I thought I would give it a try and hope that it would hold my attention for at least a couple of weeks. What I discovered was that creating these blackout poems actually helped me to express myself and deal with my mental illness.

The majority of my work is a direct and honest reflection of the raw emotions I am experiencing on any particular day. My poems can be philosophical or humorous, introspective or observational, dark or whimsical. The visual aspect of the poetry itself ranges from simple and traditional blacked-out text to more elaborate, colorful imagery, and serves to reflect or enhance the overall theme of the poems themselves. It is a purely organic process. Blackout poetry turned out to be my passion; my therapy. It has given me a sense of belonging and purpose in life. Honestly, it saved my life.

Through the encouragement and support of so many people, I was able to find the strength to reinvent myself. I decided that I wanted to shift my life focus to helping and encouraging others. I wanted to share my love for blackout poetry with everyone — most important, with those suffering from mental illness or having just a rough time in general. Over time I got more involved in the art form and within the blackout poetry community online as well as the local art and poetry community. Now, In addition to holding regular blackout poetry workshops to teach others this art form, I also donate a portion of the sales of my book, Finding Light in the Darkness: a collection of blackout poetry, to various mental health organizations throughout the country.

To me, blackout poetry is a vehicle of love passing on from one person to the next. It’s about inspiring others and being inspired by others through art and words, and through finding stories of hope, love, and determination. When you get right down to it, it really is therapy. It’s about finding light in the darkness.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and express your interest in my art. I invite you to try blackout poetry for yourself. You never know what you may find.

Love,
Michael

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  • Michael Nyers

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    Michael Nyers is a poet, mixed media artist, author, ENFJ and mental health advocate from Youngstown, Ohio. His passion is blackout poetry — a mixture of poetry and art made by taking printed text and blacking out words to create a poem or statement.

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Last updated on Jun 9, 2020
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Where do you sell your work locally?

I can be found at many events and markets throughout the year in the Youngstown/Cleveland/Pittsburgh area. Follow me at www.facebook.com/fadeintoablackout for event notifications.

I am also a featured artisan at Extending Grace in Hubbard, Ohio. They offer a wonderful mix of antique, vintage, re-purposed, new and creative works of local artists and collectors. You can find all of my work there along with lots of upcycled book products such as pendants, jewelry, art prints, signed copies of my book, "Finding Light in the Darkness: a collection of blackout poetry" and more! Website: www.extendinggrace.net