Wikipedia describes concrete, pattern, or shape poetry as ... "poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme, and so on.  It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has come to have distinct meaning of its own, but which shares the distinction of being poetry in which the visual elements are as important as the text."

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This sonnet is probably one of the worst you'll ever read.  I think the premise is fine, but the execution is poor. When I wrote this in 2009 I was pleased with it but I now look back on it with the fondness of a father regarding his child, who is learning to walk.  This particular child never did learn to walk.  Poetry will never be my strong suit, but surely it's the taking part that matters?

adewils 26-Oct-2016

One of the first things I wrote in my first Creative Writing class, this poem was inspired by watching TV adverts showing shiny, happy people buying nice sofas, immediately followed by 'Warzone', a Channel 5 documentary series following the lives of British servicemen and women at Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan. Amongst the team was a fire crew, who had recently put out a plane fire.  The juxtaposition of life here and there was the catalyst for me.
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