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Leading up to the Thanksgiving break, our Grade 11 English class began a poetry unit. As a creative and constructive piece of work to accomplish over the break, I gave my students the task to create a visual poem. A visual ‘poem’ is written in the shape of the object that it talks about. In Kai Smarts’ poem, she writes about love and she presents it to readers in the visual representation of the word itself – LOVE. Students were given the following instruction:
  • With your own idea, create a visual poem.
  • The topic should relate to the design chosen.
  • Example: Writing about an apple? Form your poem in the shape of an apple.
  • Make your work visually stimulating by carefully planning the positioning of your poem.
  • Add some flare by decorating your design in color.
I received many creative, thought-provoking, and attention-grabbing pieces of poetry, but Kai’s really stood out to me. When she presented her poem to the class, I became so wrapped up in her poem that I didn’t notice when she had stopped talking. I was so mesmerized by her word choice.

Stephanie Cummings
Senior School English Teacher
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