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I have been out of the blogging loop the last few
weeks, but for a good reason—I have been pushing through the last stages of a
major revision of one of my manuscripts. This whole rewrite has taken me around
six months, and then about a month ago I had to make a few more structural
changes. I’ve always loved the revision process and this one
has really stretched me as a writer. I’m looking forward to getting feedback
from a few trusted writer friends, doing a final revision, and then sending my
manuscript along its merry way. But more than anything I am looking forward to
working on my next book—it feels so good to know that will happen SOON! ☺
To celebrate all things BOOKS, I thought I would
share some book spine poetry today! Book spine poems are created by gathering
different books and stacking them so that the titles create a poem. This is a
very creative, free, and flexible type of poetry!
In preparation for a poetry lesson that I presented
to some fifth graders a few weeks ago, I visited my local library and set to
work creating a few book spine poems of my own. Here is an example of a book
spine poem I created using picture books:
And here is one I “wrote” using titles of Newbery
Award winning books:
The kids were so excited about this poetic format—one
class even took a trip to their school library to create book spine
poems of their own! As I shared with the kids, book spine poetry can quickly
wreak havoc upon a library’s organizational system. To circumnavigate this
problem, I used several of the books on the “to be shelved” cart and then was
careful to keep track of where I found the others so I could return everything
at the end of my “writing session.”
Try creating your own book spine poem sometime soon.
This unique creative process engages a slightly different writing muscle than
straightforward writing, and is a lot of fun!
Happy Friday, and Happy Writing!