Graphic Poetry

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Anna challenged us for dVerse tonight to think outside the box (WHAT box? THERE’S a BOX?) and reflect on avant garde poetry. One of the interesting aspects of avant garde is typography and collage. helped me do both by utilizing blog links and watching the magic happen.  This is as random as poetry gets for me – choosing the poem based on the font, colors and word placement.  I hope you enjoy, and I hope you stop by dVerse and see what the other amazing poets contributed tonight.  Happy Halloween!



  1. Brian Miller said,

    October 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    very cool! interesting too the different words it hit….your parameters are awesome too…ha…its funny some that it put by each other…zero world…today father…share something….smiles.

    • shanyns said,

      October 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      I thought maybe some of those pairings could be pulled out to make new poems. Hmmmm… glad you enjoyed this.

  2. Morgan said,

    October 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    amazingly done!! 🙂

  3. October 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    This is pretty cool ~ Happy Halloween ~

  4. November 1, 2013 at 1:28 am

    So original! Definitely avantgarde! 🙂

  5. Susan Chast said,

    November 1, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Whoa! These are poems!! Put them together anywhich way I want. I like the font in the third so much for today.

    • shanyns said,

      November 3, 2013 at 1:58 am

      It is fun when you can see something different every time you glance at them. Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed them.

  6. November 1, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Cool… I checked out the graphic poetry of some of the futurist poets. Wordle is an interesting way of doing so.
    And you know what… some of them had included their names. You can do so, as well. 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      November 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Never thought of signing them that way – what a neat idea. Cool! Thanks for coming by.

  7. nico said,

    November 1, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Very cool–the last two remind me somewhat of a fingerprint. Since there is no definable order to the arrangement, the reader is free to connect and blend at will. Nicely done!

    • shanyns said,

      November 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Yes, that is so true. It is like making your own poetry depending on what catches your eye. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. claudia said,

    November 1, 2013 at 4:58 am

    oh wow…that is very cool and creative… outside the box…nice

  9. November 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Wow wonderfully creative…would be so good framed on a wall so you could go back again and again to make poems…very cool indeed! 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      November 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I was thinking that as well – might print a few and see what comes from letting the poetry free flow from them!

  10. November 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Very clever. Well done.

  11. November 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    loving that third ‘creation’. Amazing how poems are created within the poem! Thanks for sharing.

  12. November 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I love concrete poems – these shapes looked like head and torso – the words seemed to be words that could be most important to you – maybe not self defining exactly but words with particular meanings. I felt as though this were a kind of self-portrait. I like the way it looks. Would like to try it sometime. I too found this very clever!

    • shanyns said,

      November 3, 2013 at 1:59 am

      It was fun, and I didn’t look at the shapes until you mentioned it. Very cool.

  13. November 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    That first one is magic by the way it is the first one. And to the arresting viewer the word “flirts”, exceptionally hidden and standing out at the same time, at the top left of the poem read totally backwards, naturally exposures an amphibian grin in the higher atmosphere of childish being. Very interesting.

  14. vbholmes said,

    November 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for the introduction to a totally fun approach–you’ve done a great job and it’s perfect for conceptual poetry.

    • shanyns said,

      November 3, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Thanks! It was a fun way to look at it. Great that you came by.

  15. kaykuala said,

    November 2, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Very innovative MM! This can go a long way with spirited spin-offs. There are so many things to be developed from here! Great!


  16. November 2, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Wow! This must have taken hours. Well done, Shanyn! Very unique and beautiful! Way outside the box, in a really good way!

    • shanyns said,

      November 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

      If I had done it ‘old school’ it would have been along job but java script made it easy – so glad you enjoyed it though! I like staying away from boxes 😉

  17. November 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Love them, I’m so glad you decided to play.

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