April 27, 2016

Word pictures

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems
by Bob Raczka

Concrete poems, or shape poems, uses words to form pictures. Raczka is very clever at this, creating pictures with letters and pictures with words. The letter t almost floats off the page in his first poem, takeoff, while below, the words soar up and down in the jetstream. Orbiting is arranged in a circle, corners is written like a maze as a mouse hunts for the cheese, and the words in icicles hang from the top of the page. Fun to read, they'll have kids reading forwards, backwards, or upside-down!  

Highly recommended.

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