Episode 39: An Exhibition of Concrete Poetry

This video short exhibits classic concrete poetry, from the Calligrammes of Apollinaire, the mouse’s tail in Alice in Wonderland; the worldwide concrete “renaissance” of the early sixties, featuring works by Eugen Gomringer, Emmett Williams, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Mason Williams, Aram Saroyan  and others, all the way to contemporary visual, animated, and kinetic concrete poetry (including haiku) by poets such as Marlene Mountain, Anita Virgil, Carlos Colon, Richard Brautigan, and much more. 

 A Calligramme by Guillaume Apollinaire

A Calligramme by Guillaume Apollinaire

Concrete Poetry is not one style but a cluster of possibilities, all falling in the Intermedium between semantic poetry, calligraphic and typographic poetry, and sound poetry.
— Emmett Williams from An Anthology of Concrete Poetry (1967)