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ANTHOLOGY OF CONCRETISAA. Edited by Eugene Wildman. 157 pages. Swallow Press. $2 (paperback).

AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONCRETE POETRY. Edited by Emmett Williams. 342 pages. Something Else Press. $2.95 (paperback).

What is a would-be poet to do when he finds he has nothing to say? Fortunately for him, the 20th century has an art form for everybody. The dumbstruck poet may now make his mark as a "concretist," practicing a definition-defying new discipline derived in equal measure from pop art, typewriter doodles and the undeniable truth that a poem is, after all, just so many letters arranged on a page.

The concretist movement began simultaneously...