Monday, June 09, 2014

Monday Poetry Stretch - Book Spine Poems

Back in April, Travis over at 100 Scope Notes sponsored a gallery of book spine poems. He's been doing this since 2010, so if you check out this year's gallery, you can also explore poems from other years. Book spine poems are the equivalent of visual centos. You take someone else's words and arrange them to make something new.

This morning while re-shelving books from last week's classes, a few titles jumped out at me. I suppose you could say my books goaded me into the stretch this week. Here are my poems.

Black stars in a white night sky
light and shadow
a million dots
tap dancing on the roof
where I live

Outside your window
a whiff of pine, a hint of skunk
one leaf rides the wind.
In November,
forest has a song

With the exception of A MILLION DOTS, all of these are poetry books.

I hope you'll join me in perusing your shelves and creating a book spine poem this week. I don't think you can leave a photo in the comments, so please share a link to your poem.


  1. Hmmmm. I left a comment, but it didn't show up. I do like this idea. I will keep it in mind while organizing my office, hopefully this week.

  2. Wham! It’s a Poetry Jam
    Over in the Pink House
    Weird? (Me too!) Let’s Be Friends!

    America, My New Home
    And the Crowd Goes Wild!

    Mother Earth, Father Sky,
    Sounds of Rain.

    (c) Charles Waters 2014 all rights reserved.

  3. All but one of these are poetry titles:

    Sky Magic

    Talking Like the Rain
    Under the Spell of the Moon.

    Messengers of Rain
    Switching on the Moon.

    Wise Child,
    Swing Around the Sun,

    Knock at a Star,
    Dance with Me.

    —Kate Coombs, 2014,
    all rights reserved