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Apr 30 2010

Book Spine Poetry

by Jesse M

April is National Poetry Month, and so for today’s post, I thought it would be appropriate to feature something poetry related: book spine poetry! I first encountered this idea a couple of years ago on the website of artist Nina Katchadourian, who had dubbed her titular wordplay The Sorted Books Project. The idea was the same though. Take a group of books, pull out select titles and place them in sequence so that a sentence or phrase is formed when the titles are read from top to bottom (or from left to right, if left standing vertically on a bookshelf). And voila! You’re a poet! The result range from silly to seemingly profound, but the process is always entertaining.

Many individuals, institutions, and websites have tried their hands at producing book spine poetry this year. One of the largest collections can be found at the website 100scopenotes.

Another good place to view book spine poetry is the image hosting/sharing website Flickr.  Several libraries (such as Somers Library and Thomas Memorial Library) have set up Flickr accounts where you can view their submissions.  Still want more?  A  simple search for “book spine poetry” reveals the creative efforts of a multitude of individual poets.

Try crafting your own!

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Lesley B May 3, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Can’t do this with downloads . . .

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