Book Spine Poetry

You are probably familiar with the concept of Book Spine Poetry by now. It all started, if my research is correct, with Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project over twenty years ago. The basic premise is that you make a little poem out of the titles on the spines of books. I love this form and plan to feature several of them in my National Poetry Month series this year. Here’s one I put together tonight.


BSP 4/2/15


I don’t normally use more than one book by the same author in a single Book Spine Poem, but tonight it just worked out that way.


drinking coffee elsewhere

four sisters, all queens
shattered souls

happy to be here


I’d love for you to share your Book Spine Poetry with me. Consider this your formal invitation to do so! Maybe it will even be included in this series. Please send it to me at with “Book Spine Poem” in the subject line.

2 thoughts on “Book Spine Poetry

    1. Thank you! It’s a fantastic way to teach people who are intimidated by poetry that they can compose it. I’ll have at least one other poetry writing game in this series later this month as well.


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