2016 Love-A-Thon Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

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The next challenge for Love-A-Thon is to create poetry using only the spines of books. I’d heard of this before but never tried it myself – turns out it’s a lot harder than I expected! I spent at least an hour sitting on the floor of my library staring up at my bookshelf, trying to piece together a poem. I have lots of books whose titles have great potential – “We All Looked Up,” “A Million Little Pieces,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns” – but was missing other books that would complement those titles well. In the end, though, I did manage to come up with a few passable verses.

Poem #1

Morning Star, Breaking Dawn, Dreamers, Awake

Morning star, breaking dawn;
Dreamers awake.

Poem #2

Everything Everything, Bured, Curses and Smoke, City of Ashes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Everything, everything burned.
Curses and smoke,
City of ashes,
Daughter of smoke and bone.

Poem #3

These Broken Stars, Blackout, Lightless, Ashes of Twilight

These broken stars black out, lightless –
Ashes of twilight.

Have you done any book spine poetry before? Do you have any poems you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments section!

12 thoughts on “2016 Love-A-Thon Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

    • Thanks, Wendy! As I was putting them together I kept thinking of all the ebook titles that would’ve been good additions but that I couldn’t include because I don’t have print editions. I’m glad the poems still turned out ok without them!

  1. I always think hard about a poem, and it never comes to me. It’s when I’m not pressuring myself that it suddenly appears in my head. It’s weird. Ha.

    I love the fire imagery of poem 2. All these things—burning, smoke, ashes—connect so well.

    • Thanks, Cee! Yes, exactly – the harder you try to put a poem together, the less poetic you feel, haha. I agonized over the first poem for AGES, but it wasn’t until I gave up on it that everything came together. Go figure.

    • Thanks, Cait! I was really happy with how the poems turned out, especially since it was my first attempt at book spine poetry. I can’t wait to try some more!

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