Outside The Lines: Poetry At Play is a
book of graphic ("concrete") poetry.
poetry, the words of the poem form a shape--or even a kind
of picture--showing what the poem is about. The one below is called
"Swing," and it's from the book. (In the book, there's an
actual picture, too, showing a little girl on a
Figuring out how to read this is part of the fun,
as it often is, with graphic poetry. Can you do it? (You
probably don't need any hints, which are
Pssst: The title is the main
clue (also, one letter is bigger, to hint where to
start): Begin up left, then read down to the center, and
up again -- following the path a swing might
It's also fun to write these, and you
may want to try it . . .
. . . especially since some
graphic poems are really simple. Here's one, called
The word is "falling" down the page, and
-- whoa! Wait a minute! Where's the rest of the
Let's find out.