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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

by Bob Raczka

Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016
43 pages
ISBN: 978𢴔26722361

Age 8 and older

揑 like to think of poems as word paintings. A poet uses words like colors to paint pictures inside your head. In concrete poems, or shape poems, the words also paint pictures on the page. A concise definition of concrete poetry introduces a collection of 21 elegantly simple, clever concrete poems. Even the poem抯 single-word titles are playfully apt in their arrangement of individual letters, while the poems themselves offer further visual delight in describing the concept or object of the title. If the first 20 poems don抰 also inspire young readers to try writing poems of their own, the final poem, 揚oeTRY, is a direct invitation, and appears on the page as an inverted pyramid: 損oetry is about taking away the words you don抰 need / poetry is taking way words you don抰 need / poetry is words you need / poetry is words / try. (Age 8 and older)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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