Book Spine Poetry: Episode 3!

I’ve had a very long, very busy week and despite having a few books ready to review, I can’t seem to get in the right frame of mind.

So, inspired by Annabel and Rebecca who have both posted some fantastic book spine poetry this week, I thought I’d have another go. I’ve posted some book spine poetry before, in 2016 and during the first lockdown. In a rather bizarre turn of events, one of those ‘poems’ was picked up by the The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, who displayed it on campus as part of their ‘Between the Lines‘ project!

In lieu of writing a review, I decided to give it another go, so here is my latest attempt. It’s as close to writing poetry as I’m ever going to get 🙂


12:23, the silence.

The old drift asleep.

Where are we now?

In the dream house

Canal dreams, train dreams, walking with ghosts.

The surfacing…

You must remember this

The truth must dazzle gradually,

we are made of diamond stuff.

Any one else tempted to have a go? Beware, it can be additive!


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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

33 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I’ve just finished Dearly by Marg. Atwood. I always struggle to write a review/response for a poetry collection – you may have inspired me to try something completely different!! Thanks!
    I love how the poem changed as I read the spines first, then your poem underneath and how the joining of two titles changed the meaning slightly or a lot (in the case of the second line and the meaning I gave to old in the two versions).

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  2. Great stuff! And congrats on becoming an international poetry star! 😀 I haven’t tried this for years – not sure a constant diet of books with titles starting with either “murder” or “death” would make for an uplifting poem though… 😉


  3. Wow, that is so awesome that the University loved your poem and shared it. I love your new poem today. You might not have written the titles, but you put them together and created something beautiful.

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  4. Honestly, Cathy, your book spine poetry is always so beautiful that I feel sure you’d be awesome at real poetry, too. Have you ever thought of trying it?
    It’s so cool that someone used your spine poetry like that – love it!!


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