More on Formatting in Poetry

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Concrete poetry is the practice of making a poem look, on the page, like its topic. In the days of the typewriter, this took a lot of time, but when published, it has great appeal. On the interwebs, where everything has to be left justified, concrete poetry is pretty much just a silhouette. But there are ways to get around that, if all you are going for is the idea of the topic rather than an actual illustration. Here is one from a group of poems I am trying to put together about the dailiness of my life.

7:40 a.m.

BASE   BASE

color    color

liner    liner

lashes lashes

 

 

BOTH

LIPS

 

coffee coffee coffee

coffee

 

coffee

4 comments on “More on Formatting in Poetry

  1. PJS says:

    This reminded me of the 1973 poem “The Computer’s First Christmas Card,” by Edwin Morgan, which isn’t exactly a shaped poem or a concrete poem, yet somehow came to mind: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/computers-first-christmas-card

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  2. Widdershins says:

    Coffeeeeeeeeee! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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