Found poetry: book spines

So what has happened to my Blog Elul poetry, you ask? I’ve been writing, but the poems have been either too drafty (rough, unfinished) or too personal to post. That’s a good thing, though, because it means I have material to work with later, when I don’t have a daily prompt to inspire me.

I spent a couple hours with a friend at the library today, and I can never resist the urge to make poetry out of book titles. So here’s something I cobbled together using words that jumped out at me from the stacks.


to whisper her name all day and a night
unbroken against the tide
white hot light of the world long gone
a life of joy in a heartbeat

burning once upon a river
too late to say goodbye
guilt by association
hidden places never far from home


6 responses to “Found poetry: book spines

  1. Jennifer, what a great idea! It must have been fun. I like it!

    • It was. It is. Sometimes I make arbitrary rules to increase the challenge (don’t change any word forms, don’t use more than one title per line, don’t break a line in the middle of a title, every line must break in the middle of a title, or some such) and sometimes I just diddle around. It’s very relaxing. 🙂

      • It seems to me that writing with constraints can be more rewarding than sitting there with a blank piece of paper and a mind that is off who-knows-where. I like this!

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  3. I love the idea of using book titles. Sounds like fun. 🙂

    • It’s gotten to be quite a habit. I was in a classroom at the Carnegie Center last week and found myself jotting down what titles I could read from the shelves across the room. It’s a poetry class, so I’m saving the list for the next time we do free-writing. 🙂

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