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Does anyone have a favorite program they used to make concrete poems? I've been looking at Bob Raczka's collection, Wet Cement, and am amazed at what he is doing with concrete poems. I've contacted him on messenger so we'll see if he replies, but in the meantime if anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate it! Thank you!
#1 - April 19, 2018, 07:41 AM
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I don't know, but I'll be watching the replies to find this out! I love concrete poetry and I had no idea that there was a program to format it. I didn't include my concrete poems in my SP poetry collection because it was to hard to format it.
#2 - April 19, 2018, 09:14 AM
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I know someone who just uses blank spaces to move lines over, but that won't work for everything.
#3 - April 19, 2018, 06:30 PM
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I, too, love concrete poetry. I thought it was always done the old-fashioned way :writing3
#4 - April 19, 2018, 06:37 PM
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I love to write poetry, but never have used a "program." I just do it! :typing
#5 - April 19, 2018, 07:48 PM
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Adobe Illustrator is probably the best for that. However, I wouldn't worry about formatting it yourself. Leave that to the graphic designers (or the illustrator) in the art department. You can include an illustrator note or  even write it out in pencil as a sort of reference for the publisher, only if it helps to clarify.  You can also use an app like Adobe Photoshop (or similar free version) to arrange the letters, if you feel comfortable with programs like that.

It's highly doubtful that Bob did the designs himself.
#6 - May 12, 2018, 07:00 AM
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BJ, I read this quickly and didn't realize it was you asking! Ha! So you probably already know my thoughts. :)
#7 - May 12, 2018, 07:01 AM
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OK, so I just looked, and interestingly, that book does not list a separate illustrator.  I didn't know Bob was an illustrator, as well. I wonder if it was illustrated in-house? Because I don't think he illustrated any of his other books.
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thanks everyone! Hi, Diana! Yes, I already know your views :) but good to post here for others' benefit! :D

#9 - May 25, 2018, 10:26 AM
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