Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

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Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.

Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

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Bob Raczka has written many books about art and art history for children and several collections of children's poetry including Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word and Presidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
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Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
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Published on
Mar 8, 2016
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Pages
48
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ISBN
9781626727168
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General
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