Book Spine Poetry
The divine Maria Popova of brainpickings.org has been celebrating National Poetry Month with book spine poetry – a form of found poem wherein the author creates poetry using the titles found on the spines of books. I think my favorite of hers (as of the writing of this blog post, she has posted four) is the New York one (her third – punctuation mine):
a glorious enterprise -
this is New York.
But it could be argued that her first worked best as a standalone poem:
“I live in the future and here’s how it works
waste and want
in pursuit of the unknown.”
Beautiful, no? I think it’s delightful, and decided to try my own hand at it using books from both work and home. I don’t feel it’s exactly what I wanted, but I enjoyed the process and will likely try again. This one is a poem of love and loss. I call it “Start to Finish”.
among the gently mad
(the rest of us).
The romantic period,
the last lonely Saturday,
Greek tragedies -
the end of the affair.”
The books which contributed to the poem:
-Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
-Relationship Marketing by Ian H. Gordon
-Among the Gently Mad by Nicholas Basbanes
-The Rest of Us from Book Industry Study Group
-Choose Me by Evelyn Lau
- The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Romantic Period
-The Last Lonely Saturday by Jordan Crane
-Greek Tragedies by Grene and Lattimore
-The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
It would be wonderful to see/hear attempts from other people. Have you created a book spine poem? Leave the poem (or a link to the photo) in the comments!