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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:
Uncertainty
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:
BOOM!
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.

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Book Spine Poetry: The Spark of Love

Hey, look, it’s more book spine poetry. (As a reminder, this literary remix experiment is inspired by artist Nina Katchadourian and her Sorted Books project from a few years back.) After the working theory of love, here comes love in practice — that moment when one heart sings to another and, just like that, magic materializes — captured in book spines:

After you
Talk to me,
Everything sings,
Everything is illuminated:
Instant love

The books:

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

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Book Spine Poetry vol. 6: A Working Theory of Love

It’s been a while since the last installment of book spine poetry, so here’s another snippet of life-truth, rendered in literary titles:

Bursts,
music,
big questions:
A working theory of love

The books:

Catch up on all previous book spine poems: The Future, Get Smarter, This Is New York, Music, and The Meaning of Life.

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Book Spine Poetry vol. 5: The Meaning of Life

Stumbling on happiness in pursuit of the unknown.

National Poetry Month might be over, but the celebration of book spine poetry doesn’t have to be. The latest installment tackles The Big One — the meaning of life.

The books:

Catch up on all previous book spine poems: The Future, Get Smarter, This is New York, and Music.

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