Making Book Spines into Poetry

It’s the last day of Poetry Month and I’ve enjoyed many poems and haiku’s around the blog sphere, but one of my favorite types of poetry is the ingenious and ad-lib example found on book spines. Several people and some children posted their tower of ten to three books, snapped a shot, and posted their ‘books of poetry.’ 

According to The Loco Teacher she’s been using this type of poetry for three years with her second to fifth grade students. One of her second grade students, a child of six or seven years old, assembled the poetry above. It’s a beautiful image.  

This one may have been assembled by a budding journalist:

Perhaps from a dark dreamer:

Ghosts Know

In the Dark of the Night
Fallen Pretty Monsters
Perchance to Dream
In the Shadow of Gotham

From a library which may be tired of a trend:

Assoc. of Libraries for Children

And my own attempt: 

                                                                         The Heart of a Woman
                                                                         Light on Snow
                                                                         The Center of Everything
                                                                         Take Each Day One Step at a Time

I enjoyed looking through my books and making towers. Poetry is one of those things that can touch the heart and reverberate through the mind, sparking further creativity. Maybe when you get ‘writers’ block or the pen stops after the first line, you can grab some books and make some poetry long after April disappears. 

Categories: National Poetry Month, poetry

7 replies

  1. What a creative blog post! This type of poetry is tickling my curiosity bone. I want to see what I can create with the many books I have. Wouldn't it be awesome to leave a stack of 4 bks or so on my coffee table and see if anyone recognizes what I have done?



  2. Good idea. I think we'll do this on Mother's Day get together. Would be interesting to see what everyone comes up with from a couple of groupings. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. This is great. I love each poem, especially the Vampire one. Can't wait to show my 12-year-old daughter. 🙂


  4. I think these are fun to play, like Scrabble.


  5. These are lovely. We just started the Bookshelf Poetry Challenge on my blog … I didn't realize that you had already posted some!


  6. I'll go visit you. I love book spine poetry.


  7. Very enjoyable. I loved seeing all the different tastes and so, possibilities. This is a great way of introducing poems to children and people in general. Happy to have stumbled over it.


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