What is Concrete Poetry?
Concrete poetry (sometimes referred to as visual poetry) is written to resemble a physical shape. Usually, the shape illustrates the subject of the poem. Check out George Starbuck’s poem: Sonnet in the Shape Of A Potted Christmas Tree here. Should the writer wish it, the shape may be more abstract, or geometrical.
Concrete poetry can have a very simple construct such as ‘Tree’ by Stanley Cook where the writer used the letters of the word ‘tree’ to form a picture of a tree — there is no verse. The visual look of Cook’s poem is more important than the letters used.
In my poem Haiku Chain For A Lost Child I wrote the poem in the shape of a pregnant belly.
Why not give visual poetry a go. Remember, the words you use (or the letters and numbers) are only a part of the whole. Whilst creating a shape, think about how you use white space, typography, line spacing, and punctuation to form your picture.