What is Concrete Poetry?

Concrete Poetry can be defined as words making form. It is distinctive from abstract image-making. The term abstract refers to ideas or concepts that have no physical referents. But when a visual poem is generated through word play, typography, figure-ground relationships and other phenomena, form is given to an idea. This form-making makes the abstract idea available to the senses: it makes it concrete.

About the Concrete Poems

Each of the concrete poems located on the following pages contain visual poetic works that include two randomly chosen words. As each artist developed the image, formatting, linking and other content manipulations unique to the html, css or javascript media environments were created.

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