A book-spine poem

A couple of weeks ago, Chris, at Calmgrove, introduced me to another variation on the found poem form. I’ve failed to discover when and where this originated, but did see a lot of interesting examples and challenges around the web, stretching all the way back to 2012!

Unable to resist joining in, I’ve cherry-picked a few volumes from my shelves. My version is a prose-poem.

A World of My Own.

Diary of an ordinary woman, in search of Schrodinger’s cat. Along that country road, footsteps. A view of the harbour, the probable future.

No signposts in the sea. True at first light, wild swimming in the sweep of the bay, familiar passions. The waves, a far cry from Kensington..

Coming up for air, in the heart of the sea, a reckoning. The sealwoman’s gift, ways of seeing room at the top, far from the madding crowd. A woman’s life? Travels in the scriptorium.
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43 thoughts on “A book-spine poem

  1. Your book spine poem turned out well. I did it a few weeks ago. What fun. Paul Auster’s Travels in the Scriptorium is next up in my TBR pile. It’s been on my shelves for far too long!

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    • Thanks, Jane. I picked them out, and had to discard a couple, because they were printed across, rather than along the spine. Ultimately though, I think I prefer the final version.

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  2. Great idea Cath, unfortunately, just to emphasise my cultural shortcomings, I have been trying to do it with pop song titles (and spending much more than an hour at it🙂). Even so a strangely satisfying process ~ my TBRs come next.

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    • I bet the pop-song titles would create a good story.
      I found this form of story-building a rewarding way to spend time too, I wonder if it should be offered as a creative therapy…

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  3. Great idea Cath! I enjoyed your book-spine poem, most especially your opening lines, “Diary of an ordinary woman, in search of Schrodinger’s cat.” Ha-Ha!

    I’ll have a go myself in the next few days. Even better, I think this will encourage me to rediscover long forgotten treasured tomes! Blessings always, Deborah.

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  4. What a great idea! It might encourage me to get round to sorting out my bookshelves. I rammed the books in when we moved here nearly two years ago and they’ve been like that ever since. Finding things is a nightmare!

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