“A Poke In The I: A Collection of Concrete Poems”
In A Poke In The I, Paul Janeczko selected thirty concrete poems. Concrete poems, sometimes called shape poems, are when the words or letters are arranged into the shape of the object that the poem is about, further enhancing the message the poem is imparting.
© A Seeing Poem by Robert Fromon
For me, concrete poems are poetry for my eyes.
© GIRAFFE by Maureen W. Amour
According to illustrator Chris Raschka, “Concrete poetry is the yoga of words.” In this book, his illustrations add further depth to each poet’s poem.
© MERGING TRAFFIC by Allen Jones
This poetry book promotes flexible thinking, imagination, wonder, and different perspectives.
TITLE: A Poke In The I
Selected by: Paul B. Janeczko
ILLUSTRATOR: Chris Raschka
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2001
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, imagination, wonder, different perspectives
1) Write a concrete poem about concrete. Using the words or the letters to shape your poem. Get creative and use different fonts to help convey your poem. What message do you want your poem to express to readers?
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2) Choose a compound word to write a concrete poem about.
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