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Book Spine Poetry: Your Turn

A few months ago, I undertook a little experiment in book spine poetry, inspired by artist Nina Katchadourian and her Sorted Books project from a while back — and it seemed to strike a chord. Here are just a few of the book spine poems friends and readers have sent in since.

From Ruth Ann Harnisch:

I live in the future & here’s how it works:
Smart people
Simply imperfect
You are not so smart
I’d rather be in charge

The books:

From Kim Manley Ort:

A brief history of everything:
Shadow light
Ecological intelligence
As you think
Power vs. force

The books:

From Lonni Tanner:

Who do you love
My sister’s hand in mine
Family matters
Set this house in order
Salvage the bones

The books:

Catch up on previous book spine poems: The Spark of Love, The Future, Get Smarter, This Is New York, Music, A Working Theory of Love, and The Meaning of Life.

Ready to give it a try yourself? LibraryThing is running a competition, to be judged by Nina Katchadourian herself.

Published August 17, 2012




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