Friday, April 8, 2016

Day 8 ~ 2016 “Book Spine” Poetry!!! for 30 poems in 30 days #NationalPoetryMonth

Today is the day!!! BOOK SPINE POETRY ~ If you have been following along you know that I mentioned we would be doing this super fun poetry form today, Friday! So, this is an intriguing way to “create” or, actually, “find” a poem by arranging and rearranging a stack of books horizontally that show the title on the book spine into something clever that might be a “poem.” Just like creating any poetry, you get to decide if it will happy or sad, serious of funny or whatever.

Simply start perusing the titles on your bookshelves and pull out some that have possibilities and start stacking them up to see what you might discover.

Here’s a very quick and rather silly one I pulled together out of some kids’ books:

“One Windy Day”                        
“Samantha Learns a Lesson”
“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
“Nine True Dolphin Stories”
“All about . . . Dinosaurs”

Here's a link from the “School Library Journal” where you can browse through several years of photos of book spine poetry for some inspiration if you need ideas:

If you take photos of your “Book Spine Poems” (and I think you should), try to line up the titles when you stack them up – we are only interested in the titles for this poetry form. Feel free to share the titles in the comments section, but even more fun than that is to snap a photo of your “found” poetry creation and post it on social media ~ be sure to link back to this blog post so others can join in. So fun!!!

Here are some of mine from last year – I wanted to get the instructions up right away, because it does take some time to choose your book titles. After I create some new ones, I’ll come back and either just add them in or exchange them for these. Cheers!! Enjoy!!

My Book Spine Poetry is not particularly profound; well, maybe one or two give “food for thought.” But it was pretty fun putting them together.

Now, since you won’t be able to include a photo in the comments section, here is what I suggest – just write up the poem by writing a title per line in the order that you stacked them up. If you are willing and able to share a few (or a BUNCH) on FB, then do that too and say so in your comments so those who are your FB friends can find it. I also suggest that if you have your own blog, you can post them there and then link back to this post in case your readers/followers have any questions. Cheers!!

So, whatcha’ got?

Ok, in no particular order, here are mine from last year:


Grandfather Remembers
Confessions of an Unbalanced Woman
Coming Clean
Just the Way I Am

The Go-Getter
Never Can Say Good-bye
Behind the Scenes

Elias of Elderberry
Davy Crockett and the King of the River
Winter is Not Forever

Excuse Me
There’s an Owl in the Shower
You Can Get Over It
Once Upon a Summer

Never Give Up!
The Fun Never Ends
Toxic Relief
You Can Do It!

Greater Than Us All
The Lilies of the Field
God Doesn’t Write With a Pen
Flight to Heaven
The Final Summit

Giant Steps
A Man, A Can, A Plan
Feeding a Giant
Big in Japan
Raw Power

My Dear Sisters
Become Who You Were Born to Be
Great Shall Be Your Joy

One Windy Day
Curious George Flies a Kite
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Long Ride Home

Please remember any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments section of this blog. They are the property of the person who shares them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them in any form without their express permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to it. Thanks!! 

And if you choose to post your poems on your own blog – that’s awesome. But please don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem and LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to read the instructions. Thanks for respecting my work.

1 comment:

Heidi Murphy said...

Okay, mine is on my blog at
Sorry, I'm in a hurry and can't send the picture over right now.
Thanks for doing this for us, Stephanie! You're the bestest.