2017 Love-A-Thon Challenge: Book Spine Poetry

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The first challenge I’m participating in this year for Love-A-Thon is Book Spine Poetry. The goal is to create a poem using only the titles of books, and let me tell you – this is not easy. I’m not a great poet under the best of circumstances, let alone when limited to only a few specific phrases, but hopefully the end result isn’t too bad! My finished poem is shown below. You can also see my poems from last year’s challenge here.

The Hunt

Lady Midnight, hidden huntress, a great and terrible beauty.
Another day before I fall
And I darken;
A wicked thing, ruined.

Book Spine Poetry

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!