Spine Poems – a collection

Only recently did I discover spine poems, a kind of verse “found” among book titles. I love found poems in general, as they often spur my creativity whenever I’m in a rut. When it’s hard to start with a blank page, sometimes you have to use what’s already out there and in the process create new meanings.

Below are my first attempts at creating spine poems from my collection of books. I think they’re quite good! If anything, it was fun to read book titles out loud, to listen to the rhythm of them, awaiting the moment the titles fall into place.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
One Mighty and Irresistible Tide
Many Voices, One Nation

Walang Hiya
Charlie Chan Is Dead

Between the World and Me 
Unbroken Thread
Night Sky With Exit Wounds
The Color of Air
Burning Questions

Song I Sing

How the Word is Passed
How to Tell a Story
Call Us What We Carry
Beautiful Country

Who We Be 
After One Hundred Winters

Postcolonial Love Poem
The Hurting Kind
What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned

We Gon’ Be Alright

Early Grrrl
Loose Woman

Three Women
Crying in the Bathroom
Making a Scene

And this last one is actually pulled from my sister’s bookshelves.

Maybe This Will Help

The Warmth of Other Suns
Making History
Embracing Defeat
Dancing in the Dark
Disquiet, Please!
Last Call