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An Artist Is Turning A Jeremy Clarkson Book Into Genius Poetry

The best blackout poetry... in the world.

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Babak Ganjei is a British artist whose new project involves creating poetry from a copy of Jeremy Clarkson's 2007 book, Don't Stop Me Now.

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Look. Your

butcher is

in France

Working through the book with a black marker, Ganjei's poems morph Clarkson's anecdotes into hilarious, sometimes sad and poignant poetry.

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Whatever, I loaded my suitcases

with the temperature nudging 75ºF

hell doesn’t have air-conditioning

Imagine

14-year-old boys

blessed with stupidly tiny feet

And goddam, it’s hot in here.

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Ganjei – whose last project was an illustrated minute-by-minute retelling of the movie Roadhouse – is currently 55-pages into Clarkson's 330-page book.

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There’s more, too,

to be true. I

borrowed

the sky. But before I had chance to decide whether

I liked it or not

the whole thing broke.

I spent a day pushing

buttons

it didn’t seem to make

any difference

I went home.

I rather liked the past.

He told BuzzFeed: "I feel like there are so many people creating things these days it's hard to keep up, and maybe rather than add to the pile it would be good to use existing art forms and recycle them."

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do you mind if we put some gaffer tape round

Wow. It’s risky

to do it

jacked up and held in place with

duct tape…

Eventually I got it up

but

It’s an absolute beast

the rewards are huge

your clutch

is aching from the effort. Now. There’s

assistance, but not much. straining

you apply some power to

unstick the back end. Grrrr,

Weeeeeeeeee goes the supercharger

it’s still going. Your arms

are really hurting now trying to

throttle, the sweet spot that will hold

the back end in check

Smoke is pouring now.

"I've never been a fan of Jeremy Clarkson so transforming his book into something else feels like I'm doing some good, even if it's just the one copy."

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on a

windless lake.

I remember thinking,

Me and the machine

just singing in perfect harmony

This was raw

pleasure

I knew that I was making love

"I appreciate the man is a professional broadcaster but I feel like he's also a man who can deploy his opinions in a very clever manner."

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my super-fit wife

like a jet fighter on combat power

feeling under-whelmed:

There we are, then

"It gets played down as 'banter'. It just reminds me of growing up in Bournemouth, being at the time what seemed like the only ethnic minority at school."

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I’ve always assumed this would feel like

an organic component

You use to take you somewhere

pleasant. But you

are no more

This is the real deal.

because it happens

it should happen

the noises

powerful

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"I was kinda the dork in the cool group who would just accept the banter, that is until Nirvana's Nevermind was released and I realised I had two best friends in the form of a tree and a Discman."

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like a Space Hopper

cut with scissors

broken. since

1979

to say that I’m all man

is bad enough

Your hold is as invisible as

people who sit behind you in

cinemas.

a girl at a party tried to reassure me

she sniffed

my curly top

"I never go into a project knowing where it will end. If people enjoy the work I'm happy. Maybe the text will turn into a collection of illustrations or a video, maybe it will just become one stand alone book."

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had a pretty undistinguished life so far

I thought,

young men who care

on actually killing you,

making you look like

jerky

"There's a way to go yet, but when I’m done I'll probably stick it up on eBay. I quite like using it as a democratic art market where the bidders determine the value of the art."

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there are currently men in the

house fitting

the internet

With broadband I can get

sex with a young lady in Kiev.

At work

they slow me

down.

we should be allowed to kill people

"That's if it is valued as art at all. I quite like getting stuck in the middle between art and crap."

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icing

is the internet

"Either that or I'll try and convince the British Library to take it."

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amuse the crowds do a massive

juice

to get it going again

A friend like

a middle-aged man,

like athletes, forever

permanently broken in some way.

if you can’t go quickly

what can you do

You can follow the project on Ganjei's Instagram. The poems can also be found at babakganjei.com.

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