Concrete Poetry


Spanning the distance between culture (art, fashion, design, poetry…) and horticulture, this blog may experience growth in unforeseen directions. For example: I have a deep-seated love of concrete and one of the most noteworthy developments in the world of concrete is this slab: it seems rather ordinary when dry, but when it rains, the water causes a hidden floral pattern to appear. This makes me dream of seeing the sidewalks of the Champs Elysées come to life as an enormous, two-dimensional grey garden… Conceived by Frederik Molenschot and Susanne Happle in Holland, I am hoping that someone will help them develop their project on a large urban scale. They call it “solid poetry” but in my mind it is “concrete poetry,” a sort of material riff on the Concrete Poetry developed in the 1950’s, which rode the edge between poetry and visual art. Basically, the words of a poem were written and laid out with thought to the forms they made on the page. ee cummings is my favourite. Here is a short poem of his where the form is part of the rhythm.  Now, making the jump from writing to shape to sound, listen to cummings read this poem about spring, and think about how it looks…  

Puddle wonderful.



~ by lisacwhite on April 2, 2008.

One Response to “Concrete Poetry”

  1. Hello Lisa,

    I am a concrete poet that just happened to stumble upon your blog. It is exciting to find others with a love for the form. I just started a blog where I’ve posted a couple of my works. You are more then welcome to stop by. I am familiar with e. e. cummings. Have you ever heard of Guilllaume Apollinaire? He is one of the best and worth a look when you have the time.


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