E W Shaffer

Poetry & Prose

In essence, works of concrete poetry are as much pieces of visual art made with words as they are poems. Were one to hear a piece of concrete poetry read aloud, a substantial amount of its effect would be lost.
— From "A Brief Guide to Concrete Poetry," Poets.org.
Copyright © Mike Shaffer, 2009


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CONCRETE POETRY—Word pictures, visual poetry that uses shape, pattern and space, not readily distinguishable from and often defined the same as calligrams. Appearance of the text or other typographic elements are the major emphasis, may resemble elaborate works of calligraphic art  and include clever word graphics or novel typography.