National Poetry Month began in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, and is now held every April. During the month of April, schools, libraries, booksellers, poets, and bloggers throughout the U.S. celebrate poetry by participating in readings, festivals, workshops, and other events.
All month long, I've noticed numerous posts devoted to poetry and National Poetry Month on various book blogs, including Savvy Verse and Wit and The Parrish Lantern. This morning, I encountered book spine poetry on Leslie's blog, Under My Apple Tree, and decided to try "writing" a poem in this way. The idea is to form a short poem using the titles of books.
I am the messenger
Dancing with gravity
Outside the ordinary world
Creating a poem from the titles on book spines was harder than I thought it would be. At first, I had the idea to use titles from books of poetry, but I found that the ones I had on hand (several chapbooks of poems by Sweta Srivastava Vikram), were too thin to show the titles. So I decided to use novels instead. I've read each of the books shown here, and reviewed three of them (I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Dancing with Gravity by Anene Tressler, and Perfectly Untraditional by Sweta Srivastava Vikram).
Have you been celebrating National Poetry Month? Your comments, especially written as poems, are welcomed.