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Back to dad’s house for these!
Homo sapiens legacy
Records the end of faith
Do you hear that beat,
Man and his gods?
The human body: Its structure and operation
–the complete entertainment discography–
One hit wonders.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these!
“The stars compel: I’ll be you and
you be me
A girl of the Limberlost;
A mote in God’s eye.
The longest journey—
It’s easier than you think.”
Book spine poetry is very therapeutic. Your focus is at once very present and very introspective. And it doesn’t actually take that long.
For the space of time in which I’m staring at my titles, the front of my brain is remembering where everybody is placed in the bookshelves while the back of my brain is ticking over possibilities and cadence.
Or something like that.
What I do know for sure is that it’s also a lot of fun.
Here’s how you do it:
- Go stand by your closest bookshelf.
- Let your hands pull out books and your mind drift around them.
- Arrange, disarrange, discard, re-pull, complete.
- Form a poem from the titles. Use creative punctuation!
Take a picture and post it here in the comments!
I really love doing these.
A Little Romance
A little romance to tell your love:
Come a stranger over
sea, under stone.
The wave in the mind,
Magic: The artist’s way.
Beauties, beasts, and
—An affair to remember.