Reason2Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Book Spine Poem”

I am completely taken with Brain Pickings ongoing series, “Book Spine Poetry”.  The idea is that by carefully selecting a few book titles and stacking them together, you can create a free verse poem.  Take a look at the serendipitous samples HERE, then add your own creation below (I know you have books just laying around, waiting to become stars in a new poem…)

P.S.  If you love haiku, this is going to be your new favorite!

Create a Book Spine Poem by layering titles to make a meaningful statement.  These can be books you own, or notice at your local bookstore or online.  (Photo is optional, but it’s nice to at least give credit to the authors’ works and their contribution to your poem.)

Here’s an example from Maria Popova:

“I live in the future and here’s how it works: People waste and want everything in pursuit of the unknown.”

I noticed that I had rather a lot of education titles, so I went with this theme:

The Good-Enough Child or

Toilet-Trained for Yale?

Hey! Listen to This:

Stories to Read Aloud

Give your child a Superior Mind

Raising A Reader;

School Starts At Home

My book sources are:

The Good Enough Child, by Brad Sachs

Toilet-Trained for Yale, by Ralph Schoenstein

Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, by Jim Trelease

Give Your Child A Superior Mind, by Siegfried and Therese Engelmann

Raising A Reader, by Jennie Nash

School Starts At Home, by Cheri Fuller

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and visit other writers by clicking the happy frog below!


You can add the happy frog link to your page by visiting here for the script…

Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!

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17 thoughts on “Reason2Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Book Spine Poem”

  1. Interesting…and you kept it all in one author!
    Now, that brings up an interesting idea – creating a poem from only one author’s titles, and does that reflect the author’s work, or make a whole new idea appear? Hmmm. Must go think on this some more.
    Thanks!

  2. Love Medicine

    Girl meets boy
    astonishing splashes
    of colour
    strange pilgrims, fugitive pieces
    stumbling on happiness
    doors open
    late nights
    on air,
    beyond remembering
    such a long journey
    the accidental unless
    I know this much is true:
    the sad truth
    about happiness.

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