Next month is NaPoWriMo – National Poetry Writing Month – and I’ve been neglecting the poetic form for too long.
I love all the experimental methods of finding new ways to connect words and make language interesting, so when I read about the art of ‘Book Spine Poetry’ recently on Brain Pickings, I knew I had to try it for myself.
Book Spine Poetry literally means to use the title on the spine of a book as a line of a poem. So simple yet so clever.
And it makes me feel a lot less guilty about my Tsundoku habit. I have plenty of fodder to work with.
Inspired by the art of Nina Katchadourian, and also the experiments of Maria Popova herself, author of Brain Pickings, I decided to have a go.
Here’s what I came up with after a 5-minute bookshelf grab:
Summer of Love.
The Secret History
She Came to Stay –
The Black Dahlia
In Cold Blood:
The One That Got Away
So much fun!
I’ll definitely experiment further with this technique using more of the books that are waiting patiently to be read on my burgeoning shelves (thanks Nina), and I’ll finish with this quote:
I am always paying attention to the physical qualities of the books, and I try to work with their particular attributes as much as possible. The size of a book carries temperament and tonality, as does the way the text sits on the spine. A heavy volume with large text on the spine, for example, might be exuberant, urgent, pushy; a small typeface might communicate a voice that’s exacting, shy, insecure, or furtive.
You can sign up to receive free daily poetry prompts from The Poetry School throughout April. I’m thinking Book Spine Poetry might be a good way to go!