Concrete Poetry Project with ROAR

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Concrete poetry is a verse that emphasises non-linguistic elements in its meaning, such as a typeface that creates a visual image of the topic. The goal of the project is to engage a different kind of drawing and performance with writing. It is important for the group to understand the meaning of each word and how that meaning can change based on how it is written.

This project is used as an introduction to public speaking. Public speaking is usually conveyed as a formal presentation to a crowd, but in fact it can also be an informal conversation with the audience. The informal approach is to relieve pressure from the young person when preparing and giving a speech.

Writing with intention transcends beyond the traditional expectations of speech, because this gives each writer a better understanding what they are writing and speaking. Concrete poetry is a literary image of the disabled body; repetitive, fragmented, and incomplete thoughts.

Young Roarsome member, Leigh, took the project beyond her expectations of the outcome. She is an avid writer, but she experienced concrete poetry for the first time. “I’ve chosen ‘extreme’ because I think I live an extreme lifestyle… People consider me a bit extreme.”

Leigh was encouraged to do more poetry and created “show no mercy” as a response to inequality in Oxfordshire.

Her writing style has improved significantly and both co-ordinators, Shawanda Corbett and Minty Millar, are very excited to see what else Leigh would create.


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