A trio of book spine poems


Talking to my body –
enormous smallness.
A book of luminous things.

Blind willow, sleeping woman,
black swan, white raven –
are you my mother?

Blueprints for building better girls:
everyone’s just so so special.
Blabber blabber blabber everything.



Picture this:
the narrow road to the interior
through the woods.

East of the sun and west of the moon,
everything is illuminated.
They do the same things different there.


The Shaman’s Coat

Meeting the shadow
remember remember
beware of God.

One hundred demons
kiss & tell
the angel of losses.

War and peace
mistakes in the background
the invisible partners.

The power of myth
beyond the words.

The shaman’s coat
travels with a circus
after dark.

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Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt “comes to us from Lillian Hallberg. She challenges us to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here. If you want to take things a step further, Lillian suggests gathering a list of titles from your shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps, if you have a lot) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, to create a poem that is seeded throughout with your own lines, interjections, and thoughts. Happy writing!”

I enjoyed this prompt so much, I ended up writing three different book spine poems!


3 thoughts on “A trio of book spine poems

  1. SOOO interesting! nicely done—thanks for doing three to make up for my recent slumping lack (LOL) … i particularly like the Shaman’s Coat…the demons that kiss and tell…and how so many are like mini fairy tales—

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    • Thanks, Kim!!! I know what you mean about each one being like a mini fairytale. I wanted to dive into each one and go off on a journey. Maybe I will sometime… 😍


  2. Pingback: Talking to my body | Follow the brush

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