Who am I? My first attempt at spine poetry. Take a look and tell me about yours.
At Montana Bowl of Cherries, we love books. We have an awesome personal library. From time to time, folks send us books to review and share with you like this review right here. April was National Poetry Month. A friend showed us a poem that he created from the titles of books in his library. It was inspirational! I was hooked.
“Book spine poetry falls into the category of “Found Poetry” — that is, poems made up of text lifted from different sources. Found poetry is particularly popular with students who are overwhelmed by the vastness of a blank page or who act like their pencil is barbed. Found poetry is playful and low-stress, but it isn’t slacker poetry. As with all art forms, the limitations force creativity.”
My First Book Spine Poem
That sounds easy and pretty fun, right? Well, it was a lot of fun and now whenever I see a collection of books, my mind starts putting them into sentences. It wasn’t as easy as I had supposed. Instead of one Sunday afternoon, it took three. Still, it was a lot of fun!
Here’s my first attempt:
Who Am I?
Who Am I?
A Story To Tell!
On Wings of Faith, Walk with an Angel Cowboy.
10,000 Garden Questions,
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice,
Montana, the Last Best Place.
The Greatest Quest?
Go Forward With Faith, Standing For Something.
All Things Bright and Beautiful,
The Lord God Made Them All!
Don’t Forget the Picture
Once the poem is finished, be sure to get a picture of the books arranged in the order of your poem. Don’t worry about the length of your poem. Just like other poetry, spine poems come in all lengths. Staging the photo is part of the fun, so capture some of your personality in a setting that is “you”. The books are arranged in piles reading top to bottom and left to right and of course, match your poem.
What’s in Your Library? Try Spine Poetry
I’m sure I will be making other attempts at spine poetry. It was just too much fun to quit after my first try. Try it for yourself and tell us about your results. Don’t forget to take the picture of your books. Thanks G. for getting me started on this fun new adventure.