Brains, Words & Spines

One of my favourite places to visit on the interwebs is Brain Pickings.Β  Whether your thang is music, art, literature, philosophy or science, there is something there to tickle your brain cells. A regular feature is book spine poetry. It has been 20 years or more since I last made any serious attempt at writing poetry (and even then, I preferred to think of them as “song lyrics”!) but I thought that this was something I could have a go at, especially as it would involve taking pictures of piles of books – always a good thing πŸ™‚

Here’s my first book spine poem:

more spine poetry

Together under one roof –
the artful bird,
two monsters.
All families are psychotic.

And a slightly more profound attempt:

spine poetry

Taking the leap,
against the grain.
Real happiness –
the heart of the revolution.

If only I hadn’t recently given 50% of my book collection away πŸ˜‰

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21 thoughts on “Brains, Words & Spines

  1. boomiebol says:

    Nice. Did the same last Monday for KarenB’s poetry prompt challenge

  2. Upstatelisa says:

    Great idea! I just recently found Brain Pickings…cool site!

  3. Ben Naga says:

    Even though you have given away lots of your own books, with a camera, and all those libraries, book shops and charity shops out there the world is your oyster. πŸ˜€

  4. Addie says:

    Got shipped off to this site by Ben Naga. This post is indeed very interesting. I can’t wait to get my hands on book spine poetry! ❀

  5. Angela says:

    Ah I love it. What a fab idea.

  6. Andria says:

    This is fun! I did it recently at the suggestion of Quinn MacDonald on her blog, and my mom got in on the fun too. Makes you look at your book collection in a whole new way!

  7. Andria says:

    Ooh, and just now adding Brain Pickings to my favorites…much to check out there!! πŸ™‚

  8. pauliwj says:

    Wow, I really love the first one! It’s so simple, witty and… true.

    • vivjm says:

      Ha! You have a family like that too, huh πŸ˜‰

      • pauliwj says:

        Although small (myself, my mum and two neurotic cats), my family does have its share of quirks πŸ™‚ That’s the spice of life! In fact, I feel slightly suspicious of people who don’t display any craziness whatsoever! πŸ˜‰

  9. Motherfunker says:

    I like it! Might have a go myself….

  10. LaWendula says:

    Awesome! I’m totally thrilled by this idea. And I love the expression spine poetry, because it’s also the part of the human back and I like this double meaning. (We have the word “BuchrΓΌcken” in German, meaning “back of the book”)

    I wonder what “the artful bird” is like. Have to look it up at amazon. πŸ™‚


  11. stitchnmaille says:

    This is such a cool idea – and some unusual outcomes. I may have to have a play around with this πŸ™‚

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