Poetry, book-spine style

Back in high school, I wrote really bad poetry. I am not a poet. I love poetic language, but poetry is often beyond me. So many times it strikes me as a string of words that happen to sound pretty when placed next to one another.

That collective moan you hear is likely a bunch of poets cursing my name. Curse away, poets. Curse away.

Still, I love a creative challenge, and Cassie of Books and Bowel Movements issued one recently. In celebration of National Poetry Month, she put together a short series of poems, using the titles of books to create them. You can see her original post here.

My challenge would be finding titles that would work. As much as I read, I don’t actually own a lot of books, and over half of them are genre fiction. But here they are, my awful free verse spine poems.

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A Brush of Darkness / Drown / Mercy Burns / The Gangster We Are All Looking For

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty / Dervishes/ Sacrifice the Wicked
Pretty / Dervishes/ Sacrifice the Wicked

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out / At Night We Walk in Circles / Shake Hands With the Devil / Farewell, My Lovely
Out / At Night We Walk in Circles / Shake Hands With the Devil / Farewell, My Lovely

 

 

 

 

Between Shades of Gray / Speak / In The Woods / Out of Reach
Between Shades of Gray / Speak / In The Woods / Out of Reach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn! It was actually fun, pulling books off my shelves and fitting them together (and giggle inducing to see some of my romance novels sandwiched between my more literary-leaning choices). If you do, be sure to link back to Cassie’s original post.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Poetry, book-spine style

  1. Very cool! You might be more of a poet than you realize. I do have a question for you…how you gonna put down romance/genre fiction? That’s what you write! Are you saying your literary efforts are 2nd class? Because I believe any story that tells the author’s truth, has characters reader can care about, and keeps readers turning the pages is good literature. The only difference between genre fiction and literary fiction is that genre fiction is more accessible, so more people read it. There’s good and bad on both islands.
    Okay, stepping off the soapbox now…

      1. “As much as I read, I don’t actually own a lot of books, and over half of them are genre fiction”
        Which suggested to me that genre fiction somehow counted for less than the more serious literature.
        “(and giggle inducing to see some of my romance novels sandwiched between my more literary-leaning choices)”
        Which suggested to me that there’s something inherently humorous in the cover of a romance novel.

        Now, I don’t mean to be giving you a hard time or anything, but that’s how I took those lines in your post. Go ahead, mock your own poetry. That’s fine. Although I’m pretty sure you could manage a sonnet or two, if you put your mind to it.
        😉

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