Friday, April 30, 2010
Posted by JoAnn Early Macken
Today is Arbor Day (read about it here), so I’m including a shape poem I wrote about trees and my own writer’s dilemma.
To celebrate Arbor Day and National Poetry Month, read some tree poems! Kristine O’Connell George’s Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems is one of my all-time favorite collections. Poetrees is a new collection by Douglas Florian.
Writing Workout: Write a Shape Poem
A shape poem is also called a concrete poem or a spatial poem. You can find them in collections such as Doodle Dandies: Poems that Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis, Splish Splash and Flicker Flash: Poems by Joan Bransfield Graham, and A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, edited by Paul B. Janeczko.
To write a shape poem, choose a concrete object so you have a shape to work with. Write the poem first. Then fit it into its form. I used the WordArt feature in Microsoft® Office Word to create the poem above. Have fun!
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