Concrete Poem, a venture into visual poetics! So much fun!
And here we are with two days to go! Try your hand at this prompt: “Today’s (optional) prompt is to write a concrete poem. Like acrostic poems, concrete poems are a favorite for grade-school writing assignments, so this may not be your first time at the concrete-poem rodeo. In brief, a concrete poem is one in which the lines are shaped in a way that mimics the topic of the poem.”
I spent most of my poetry time researching the concrete poetry movements and some of the poets who loved the technique as it evolved over the decades. Really enjoyed learning about Mary Ellen Solt (1920-2007)—she was a scholar and a poet of the form. Her concrete flowers landed all over the world, for example, Forsythia, the image I included here.
Below you will find my effort at a concrete poem. I included it as an image because I knew it would shift if I tried to use text. I have to say, using a typewriter was easier than a computer when writing concrete poems!
Jacquelyn Markham (4/28/2022)