Book Spine Poetry

Like most memes on the internet, the idea of book spine poetry has been passed around so much lately that I've no way of tracing who came up with it first. Sorry, whoever you are. Do me a favour and continue being awesome.

Oh. Do the rest of you want to know what it is?

Book spine poets create free-verse (or sometimes rhyming, if you're a million times more skilled than me) from several books, each title being a line or part of one: it got its name because a poem is usually presented by stacking books one on top of the other so their spines spell it out.

Yes. Coming up with coherent verse at the best of times is tricky for me, so with these restrictions . . . I applaud anyone who can work out what the heck I'm going on about. That said, being a writing nerd who can't pass up an opportunity to stack her books - because mountains of stuff to read - I'd better just get on with it.

This first poem is about the confusion of dating and your reputation, I think. But having no experience of either of those things, I'm mostly just going off book relationships.

I don't own a copy of the amazing Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. That sticker will have to do.
To all the boys I've loved before,
Hold me closer,
Carry on.
Am I normal yet?

*waits for applause*

No? Okay, didn't think so. This next one is about writing. Fellow writers, I feel your pain.

How novels work.
Extraordinary means:
Going solo,
The subtle knife.

And, lastly, I have this one for you. It might have something to do with the apocalypse - or maybe I was just in a dark, evangelical mood.

Honestly, your guess for what this one is about is as good as mine.

The edge of the cloud,

Catching fire.
Wicked Angel,
Web of darkness.

After that display of my frankly outstanding - why are you laughing? - poetic skill, I hope you won't be too intimidated (or confused, or terrified) to come back on Friday. It would be great to see you on my next post!


In the comments: Can you come up with any of your own book spine poems? I'd love to see what good ones actually look like . . .
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  1. Haha, this is such a fun meme! It's the first time I've seen it around :) The last one was pretty good, kind of ominous! Ha!

    1. I had great fun with it, so I'm glad that came across! And I'm always ominous . . .

  2. Great post, I love your choices, they work really well!

  3. I love this meme (and your poems)! This is the first time I've seen it, but I think it's such a fun idea. I just may give this book poetry thing a shot, but I'm really not the best poet . . . haha. We'll see how it goes. :-)

    Julia Anne @ Peach Print

    1. You should DEFINITELY try book spine poetry - it's so much fun! And you don't have to be any good at actual poetry! Send me them when you're done, because I'd love to see. :-)


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