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Book Spine Poetry

by Becky C | Apr 03, 2017

Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  As we celebrate another National Poetry Month this April, here's a look back at one of our favorite posts.  Originally published April 27, 2014.

As another National Poetry Month begins, let’s celebrate with some Book Spine Poetry from around the internet.  What is Book Spine Poetry?  It’s when someone takes a titled book, places another titled book underneath it, and continues to do so until a verse has been created that can be read from top to bottom.  Some are witty, some are whimsical, some are subtle, and some are profound.  Have you ever tried it?  If so, please share your pics in the comments — I’d love to read them!

Book Riot
 Brain Pickings    
 Book Bug
 Nina Katchadourian    

Becky's previous poetry-related posts:

April Rain Song: With all of the rain we've had recently, Langston Hughes "April Rain Song" is the perfect poem to enjoy this month.  This post includes a link to Liev Schrieber reading the poem.

Mad, bad and dangerous to know:  Lord Byron was THE Bad Boy of his time.  And yet, he wrote simply beautiful poetry.  This post includes a reading of his poem "She Walks in Beauty". 

Are you a Cumberbabe?:  Benedict Cumberbatch reads John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale" and "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor-Coleridge.  Sigh.

Celebrating a soul who selected her own society:  Emily Dickinson was a keen observer with a playful sense of humor.   Her poetry explores the complexities and passions of relationships as effectively as her verse also examines spirituality and nature. 

The Raven read by James Earl Jones
:  No one does spooky like Edgar Allan Poe — unless it’s James Earl Jones reading Edgar Allan Poe!

William Butler Yeats:  Yeats’ poetry was characterized by his quest for “unity of being,” which he pursued by considering opposites:  action and  contemplation, life and art, fair and foul.  Bonus:  this post includes a link to a video of Colin Farrell reading "When You Are Old".  Sigh.

Walt Whitman:  What made Whitman noteworthy?  What made him risque?  Read this post to find out!

Dances with the Daffodils:  "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth is one of my favorite poems about spring.  What do you think of it?

Langston Hughes:  Hughes was among the first black Americans to earn his living solely from his writing and public lectures.  He wrote "April Rain Song".  He also wrote "Dreams", another of my favorite poems.  Discover more about him in this post.

Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.


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  1. Becky | Apr 07, 2017

    Thanks, Benita!  It's nice to know when a post really strikes a chord.  :)  I hope you give book spine poetry a try (and share some pics with us).


  2. Benita | Apr 06, 2017
    I love this.  I am so glad you put this together.  Just maybe I play with books on my shelves to see if I can create something fun.  
  3. Becky | Apr 05, 2017

    Glad you enjoyed it!  Thanks for commenting, Marcy!



  4. marcy l aldridge-adams | Apr 04, 2017

    Book Spine poetry is a delight!  The poetry post reads as a labor of love.  

    Thanks Becky!

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