Book Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. I have never made any book spine poetry before, but, inspired by brilliant posts from Rebecca, Cathy and Naomi, I decided to give it a go! The first book in each stack is the title.


Tell The Machine Goodnight

This must be the place –

The library at night.

Quiet, deep –

An equal stillness.

Let go my hand,

dear girl.

I’m not scared.


The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales


tenth of December

when the girls come out to play,

inventing imaginary worlds.

Out of the doll’s house,

living dolls.

Nineteen minutes

after you’d gone,

Eve Green,

the girl with all the gifts,

a traveller in time.


My friend also wanted to have a go, and sent me this political piece:


The Condition of the Working Class in England

Red seas under red skies;

Leviathan, bring up the bodies.

Children and youth uprooted.

Small great things,

Never let me go.


Does anyone else fancy writing any book spine poetry?


14 thoughts on “Book Spine Poetry

  1. Love them! I especially like the first one… Probably because it’s in the library at night. 😉
    It’s addictive, isn’t it? But at some point you have to stop so you can put away the scattered books!

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    • I love them! It’s interesting how the kind of physical books you happen to have affect the poetry. I have a lot of books on childhood and youth because that’s the kind of history I work on, whereas my friend is, unsurprisingly, a political philosopher 🙂

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    • Oh fantastic! I actually bought Dear Girl for work (I’ve taught the history of gender and sexuality in the C19th and C20th in the past) so I have to admit I haven’t read it cover to cover, but I should, it’s brilliant.

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