My Thoughts, Poetry, Writing

Writing 201 – anaphora/epistrophe/concrete poems – Concretely Arranged


There is no shape for a poem; I cannot tolerate poems that are concretely arranged.

In such way that they take the form of a rhino, a sports car, or the Eiffel Tower; I abhor poems that are concretely arranged.

The thing about words, they have no form, except to work upon a line, not to be changed; they should just be able float and be words that are utilized, not concretely arranged.

Maybe, I would think it alright if it were for a children’s book, or on some souvenir I guess; but I confess, I hate writing poems that are concretely arranged.

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I like to play with words, to search for their place in a line of poetry; to reverse the word order, and add similes, metaphors, anthromorophism, assonance, alliteration, and personification. 

I like to play with meter, to count the emphasized and unemphasized words with ticks and dashes; I like to make an Italian or an English sonnet, a ballad, a haiku, heroic couplets, blank verse, and every form I do not remember from English in University. 

I like to just play with words as if they were chess pieces and I am deciding their every move, but I’ve developed this hate of concrete poetry. It just never works for me.

I do not like, will never like my poems in any form that is the shape of Canada or the United States; no trees or alligators; no martini glasses or bottles of wine; no note cards or pictures of women. I’m not a girl who forms shapes with her poetry; the poetry should speak for itself — and thus not be concretely arranged. 

8 thoughts on “Writing 201 – anaphora/epistrophe/concrete poems – Concretely Arranged”

  1. I love this line: “I like to just play with words as if they were chess pieces and I am deciding their every move”. It hits the heart of writing, not just poetry, but all writing. Thank you for this. I like your approach.

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  2. I don’t know if I don’t like shape poetry or simply am not every good at it. Or good enough with the computer to enjoy the play with shapes. But I agree with you about the preeminence of words. And allowing ourselves to discover through the writing what we might mean to say. I usually start with a piece of an idea or a phrase, and then I write to discover what happens next. I think your protests are reasonable, and I share them. Thanks!

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