Expressive Adventures in Book Arts

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Shape Poems

In April, National Poetry Month, we made shape poems to inspire the structure of books about the welcome arrival of spring.  The idea was to draw a shape that evoked spring, a bird, a bud, for instance, and then to write descriptions and feelings within the shape.  To get the idea of shape poems, we made one together about an iris leaf:
smooth promise
supple sword
aspiring upward
translucent edges
bulging buds 

In the past, we've talked about the place of words in our books and noted how some of us resist using them while for others of us words dictate the form of our structures.  Interestingly, this month, approaches reversed for some. 

Here, with a few binding details still in the works for Susan and Lorraine, are the April books.  Click on any image for a closer look.

Susan Bissonnette 
Pam Wright

Miriam Frischer
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi
Cait Johnson