Book Spine Poetry

I’m very late to this hype train, but really, what else is new? I’ve been wanting to do a book spine poetry post for a long time, but I keep putting it off because it seems like one of those challenges that will be super fun, but will also destroy my bookshelves, and I wasn’t looking forward to the clean-up.

But since I’m in the middle of a huge decluttering project and everything is kind of a mess right now anyway, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. So here we are. I present to you 5 poetic “masterpieces,” created solely from the titles of books on my shelves.

A stack of 5 books whose titles read, from top to bottom, "Goodbye, Paris. Hurry Home, Candy. Sabotaged. Empire of Dust. Cinder."
A stack of 5 books whose titles read, from top to bottom, "The Sudden Appearance of Hope. Sent. To Kill a Kingdom. Again, but Better. Every Day."
A stack of 6 books whose titles read, from top to bottom, "Fairest. Reign the Earth. Every Soul a Star. Little Do We Know. The Marvels. Pillage."
A stack of 5 books whose titled read, from top to bottom, "Invisibility. What's Left of Me. The Darkest Minds. Heart of Iron. Entwined."
A stack of 7 books whose titles read, from top to bottom, "The Way I Used to Be. Just Ella. Prodigy. Revealed. Torn. Wires and Nerve. Catching Fire."

The Process

I’ll let you make of these what you will, but let me just tell you that, for most of these, I had no idea what I was doing. I was basically just putting titles together that I thought sounded cool. I tried to make them have some kind of theme, or little story, that sparked my imagination.

Let me know what you think of my creations down in the comments. Do you like them? Do you hate them? Have you found some deep philosophical meaning in them? I’d love to discuss down below!

Thanks for reading — or mostly looking, I guess, in this case. I’ll see you next time!

-Ariel

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