Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

A “t” becomes an airplane, a “p” the Big Dipper, and an “o” the sun. Concrete poetry twists and turns the words of poetry into shapes or patterns to visually represent their subjects. In Raczka’s Wet Cement, twenty-one poems are bent, scattered, and zig-zagged across the pages of this poetry collection to create visually engaging poetry that asks readers to reassess their perceptions of the genre. Are poems word paintings, like Raczka suggests? Can a single word become a picture? Reading Wet Cement right-side up, upside-down, and backwards might help you find some answers.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 811.6 RAC)

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