Monday, April 24, 2023

Day 24 2023 ~ Book Spine Poetry for #NationalPoetryMonth and “30 Poems in 30 Days”

Today is the day!!! If you have been following along you know that I mentioned we would be doing this super fun poetry form today, Monday! 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 or 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. This seems to be a favorite poetry form. It’s pretty fun. When you come up with a short stack of books with titles that lend themselves to being a poem of sorts, snap a pic, and post it for today’s entries and please also type up the words, line by line (title by title) so it looks like a poem as some book spines are hard to read. See the examples below. Thanks! Have Fun!! Cheers.

No fair adding extra words, articles (a, the . . .), etc. Use ONLY the title words from your book spines!!

Ready? … here we go!!!


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.

If you need more inspiration - here is 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:

“Book Spine Poem Gallery” ~ You will find a search page with numerous years of book spine poetry examples to check out.

Here are a few more examples I came up with in years past: 

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


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



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




PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them as soon as they create them and especially once they post them. Thanks so much!

*** Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog or elsewhere on social media ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO EACH DAY’S SPECIFIC BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.


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