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Spine Poems

The Form For All challenge at d’Verse Poets today is to create spine poem by going to a library and sorting books until you create a poem with the various titles on the spines of the books.  Since I was in parent-teacher conferences with no parents until late, I visited the high school library where I work.  I found a lot of great titles, but I thought it might be pressing my luck to get the librarian to let me stack them up for a photo shoot.  Here is my rather random poem:

Rootless

City of Secrets
Bitterblue
Still Waters
Purple Daze
Crossroads
Into the Wild
The Dead-Tossed Waves
Wicked
Ghostgirl
Blood Magic
City of Masks

Authors (in order starting with the title):  Chris Howard, Mary Hoffman, Kristin Cashore, Sherry Shahan, Chris Grabenstein, Erin Hunter, Carrie Ryan, Gregory Maguire, Tonya Hurley, Tessa Gratton, and Mary Hoffman.

When I got home, I was happy to see a box had arrived from Amazon.  I tackled the same task in my own library and using a couple of my new books because I really wanted to do a picture with the poem.  You might recognize some of the authors in this next poem.

spine poem

Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn,
Tender is the night.
This is the hour:
the elements,
old souls,
earth magic
a scrap of time;
Dirt road dreams
of gods and goats.
The transformation,
a candle in the mist.

The authors are:  Fireblossom, Mama Zen and Hedgewitch, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lion Feuchtwanger, Teresa L. Perin, Tom Shroder, Steven D. Farmer, Ida Fink, Susie Clevenger, V. L. Locey, Ainslie MacLeod, and Florence Crannell Means.

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11 thoughts on “Spine Poems

  1. Two very different but accomplished poems… and my feelings echo others’ here, in that the first relies on a rhythmic incantation… while the second, with its visual hourglass reference and flow, is beautifully cadenced. Wonderful that you used the books of so many authors I count as friends!

  2. Recognize some of those books ~ Creative weaving of the titles, specially the second one ~ Dirt road dreams
    of gods and goats.
    The transformation,
    a candle in the mist.

  3. nice…i think the second flows better….or maybe its just a bit easier the pace and easier story…the first one feels like a staccato rhythm….like bam bam bam…very cool responses…

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