Saturday, April 15, 2017

This is just a heads up so you can plan ahead ~ Ever heard of Book Spine Poetry?

So, today, BEFORE I post today’s poetic form – which I will be posting on this blog SOON – I’m giving you a head start by sharing a few instructions for a poetry form (kind of along the line of “found poetry”) that will be showcased next week on Tuesday, April 18th. But you will need to learn about it now so you can be working on it. It’s SUPER FUN!!

I’ve done this for the last couple of years and it’s always a BIG HIT!! Lots of people joined in on this one, even those who did not participate on any of the other days. FB was filled with people posting "Book Spine Poetry" pictures. Good times!!

AGAIN, I’m only telling you now, so you can start looking around your bookshelves. 

This is an intriguing way to “create” or, actually, “find” a poem by arranging and rearranging a stack of books 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 is a link from the “School Library Journal” where you can browse through several years of photos of book spine poetry from years past for some inspiration if you need ideas:

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

One Windy Day

Curious George Flies a Kite

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Long Ride Home

And another example:

The Go-Getter  


Never Can Say Good-bye  

Behind the Scenes

So, now that you get the idea, you can be looking through the spines of your books – also works with the spines of DVD covers.

BUT – please do not post any Spine Poetry YET – this will be for Tues, April 18th!! Now, I will get back to writing up the post for today’s poetry form – Saturday, April 15, 2017. Just be patient, a little longer . . . thanks!! Cheers!!

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