concrete poetry


Definition of concrete poetry

: poetry in which the poet's intent is conveyed by the graphic patterns of letters, words, or symbols rather than by the conventional arrangement of words

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Recent Examples on the Web Drawn with feathered lines and in coded colors, the words are individual images that collectively form a chantlike piece of concrete poetry. New York Times, "What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries," 26 Feb. 2020 We are left with only the tensions of concrete poetry. Teju Cole, New York Times, "Evoking What Can’t Be Seen," 15 Feb. 2018 Douglas Kearney Kearney’s dynamic concrete poetry looks great on paper, but the writer is equally well known for his stage presence. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Six Los Angeles Poets You Should Be Reading," 18 Jan. 2018 The headlines, many of which Mr. Irving cuts up and collages into a kind of concrete poetry, all relate to the shooting death, in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Holland Cotter, Will Heinrich And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of concrete poetry

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Concrete poetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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