Book Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought I’d try my hand at some book spine poetry. Thanks to Naomi at Consumed by Ink and Cathy at 746 Books for the fun idea! I have taken the liberty of adding punctuation between some lines, but the book titles themselves appear exactly as on the spines. This has been a fun project to do a bit at a time over the last couple of weeks – it’s always a nice break from my editing and more analytical writing.

Peruse your own shelves or the local library’s and have a go. It’s an easy way to get creative!

The years go by so fast…






A time of gifts



A week in December




Snow in May

A year on the wing


A morbid little number, with a riff on Stevie Smith:


All at sea


Cold beacons:

The iceberg,

The whirlpool,

The depths.

Drowning Ruth,



Memento mori:


In fond remembrance of me


How to read a graveyard:

A tour of bones,

Mostly harmless.

Last night on earth?

Nothing to be frightened of.


Thanks to my husband, we have a ton of bird-themed books. The concluding line from Emily Dickinson makes this one a bit of a cheat.


Adventures among birds


To see every bird on earth:

The secret lives of puffins,

Last of the curlews,

The life of the skies.


Rare encounters with ordinary birds:

Songbird journeys,

An eye on the sparrow,

The goldfinch.


Falcon fever:

The armchair birder

Feeding the eagles,

Chasing the wild goose.


Hope is the thing with feathers.


An attempt to lay the groundwork for some progressive theology:


How (not) to speak of God


Jesus among other gods:


Blessed assurance?

Everything is illuminated?

The nice and the good

Crossing to safety?


A new kind of Christianity

The story we find ourselves in.


An unquiet mind

Until I find you.


Love wins;

No man is an island;

We make the road by walking.


This one’s my favorite – a tribute to my peaceful days spent working from home.


Still life


The house tells the story:

A room with a view

A slanting of the sun

The shadow hour

A circle of quiet.


So many books, so little time;

Leave me alone, I’m reading.



15 responses

  1. Carolyn Anthony | Reply

    Your favorite is my favorite, too. Very amusing. And well done.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  2. I love them all, but, it’s true, the last two lines are the best! I wish I had those books just so that I could make a poem with them. 🙂
    Your bird books are impressive. I had quite a few about different animals and was trying to figure out how to make a poem with them, but it was coming out sounding more like a list. I might be inspired to give it another try!


    1. Thanks, Naomi. We have a ton of other nature-themed titles I’ve been thinking of how to use, but you’re right that it tends towards a list. Titles with verbs or prepositions in them are all too rare!

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    2. Poems can be lists! (Milton!)

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      1. Oooh… encouraging!


  3. Brilliant! I’ll have a go myself, soon.

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  4. Annabel (gaskella) | Reply

    Love this! I have to have a go myself now…

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  5. I do love this. And I ADORE Howard Norman.


    1. Thanks, Carolyn. I just discovered Norman about a year and a half ago, through Next Life Might Be Kinder. After that I read I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place, which is phenomenal. I now have several more of his books on the shelf.

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      1. He’s so great (and very kind–he sent me an emailed note once). The Bird Artist is one of my all-time favorite books.


    2. That’s amazing! I have The Bird Artist on the shelf and look forward to reading it.

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