ATG Quirkies: Making Poetry with Book Spines

by | Sep 12, 2018 | 0 comments

This post from PBS Parents’ Adventures in Learning website focuses on book spine poetry.

No doubt, some of you are asking what is book spine poetry? Well, it “goes back to the work of artist Nina Katchadourian. In the early 1990s, she took photographs of stacked book titles that, when read together, created short sentences and stories.”  Now its gone viral and has it’s own hashtag #bookspinepoetry.

And pretty much all you need to make it happen is a stack of books.  So, if you want to encourage the poetic muse in your kids or grand kids, “encourage them to stack a few books on top of each other” and then “have them play around with the titles to create a short poem; words that create an image, feeling or scene.”

Oh! the poetry inspired from the books above reads:

The girl who could fly
Around the world in 80 days
Don’t forget to write

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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