My Attempt At “Book Spine Poetry” – Clearly, I Am Not A Poet

As some of you may know, April is National Poetry Month in the United States. 

Do you read poems or books of poetry regularly? I frankly can’t remember the last book of poetry I have read. I know, it’s very unfortunate and I should rectify this issue. 

But for now, I’ll just attempt to create poetry out of book spines. As you will soon see, it is clear that I am not a poet, but I had fun perusing my bookshelves and moving books that had been sitting there for months, untouched and unseen.

I got the idea from Naomi over at Consumed By Ink. I thought it looked interesting and challenging so I tried it out for myself!

The task was daunting at first. I have a sizable home library with hundreds of book titles to choose from, so where was I supposed to start? It was very difficult to create poems that I was happy with but eventually I had to commit.

Below are my best attempts at creating poems that make any kind of sense. I will resist the urge to explain what they mean to me.

Poem 1
Poem 1

Understanding Inequality

Pride and Prejudice


Hard Times

The Thing Around Your Neck

Betrayal In Cold Blood


Poem 2
Poem 2 

*Before The Awakening*

Good Omens

Sense and Sensibility

*The Awakening*

A Clockwork Orange


*Brave New World*

Life is What Happens

No One Here Gets Out Alive

Poem 3
Poem 3 

A Little Life

Tears and Laughter

The Comforts of Home

Going Rogue

Social Deviance

Rocking the Boat

Full Frontal Feminism

 If you’re thinking about creating your own poems, see this post by Book Riot to read some that are actually good! I’d love to read what you can come up with, so please try it out this April.

30 thoughts on “My Attempt At “Book Spine Poetry” – Clearly, I Am Not A Poet

  1. Oh man. First of all, hats off for doing this. I’m very dense about poetry myself, so you won’t find me browsing the poetry section of the bookstore anytime soon (unless it’s a highly recommended book of poetry, and even then it’s a maybe). My favorite from these is number 3, A Little Life.

        1. I knew someone would give me grief over this!

          In my defense, my home library is comprised of the book collections of the 5 people who currently live in the house we all rent. So some of the books I used aren’t mine. :}

  2. Ooh this is so cool. I don’t think I’d be creative enough to do this myself, but I absolutely love the idea. I think my favourites are the first and third ones! I also love the “Life is What Happens / No One Here Gets Out Alive” lines from the second one!

  3. These are great! And, it really is fun to have a look through all your books that usually get ignored on a day to day basis. I think the third one is my favourite, but I really like the last line of the second one.
    It’s also a fun way to get to see other people’s books. 🙂

    1. Totally agree. I was thinking of doing these this month for since it’s National Poetry month, but have been pretty occupied with reading. We’re midway through so I guess I still have time.

  4. This is totally awesome!! I love what you came up with!!! I wasn’t aware it was poetry month- probs cos I don’t live in the States- but this is cool- we should have this over here cos it’s been a while since I really got into reading poetry- I used to read it all the time but went off it a while ago

    1. Thank you. 🙂
      They didn’t really turn out the way I wanted, but I eventually had to settle with what I came up with and hit publish.

      I would love to see what kinds of poems a perfectionist would come up with. But it might be very time consuming finding the perfect titles..

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