My Goodreads To-Read Pile: A Spine Poetry Special…


Evening friends! Today I am going to dip back into some Spine Poetry.  For those unaware of this extremely complicated and delicately balanced art form, it basically involves using the titles of books (generally found on their spines) to create a piece of poetic brilliance.  Today I thought to myself, “I have approximately 120 books on my “Want to read” list at Goodreads, and over 700 on my Book Depository wishlist.  Why then, should I not use these languising bits of literature to create a poem?”

” No reason at all”, I answered myself.

And so I present to you a Spine-ish bit of poetry using some of the many titles on my Goodreads To-Read pile.  Enjoy.

“Level 2: The Sleepwalker’s Ball”

Into the grey shadows

Ugly beauty queens, texting the underworld

Divine freaks

Rude bitches make me tired.

Poltergeeks, redefining girly, jinxed beyond belief.

The lost boys, unsouled, control nefarious doings;

night vision a pleasure and a calling.

Elizabeth is missing before the full moon rises:

the vanishing season.

We are all completely beside ourselves.

Dead ends drawn.

The girl: breakable.

Unspoken whisper: the river of no return,

the skull in the wood.

The spin, the last word?

Department of Speculation.

For those who want to have a look at any of these titles, here are the covers in an attractive collage format.  You’re welcome!


Until next time,



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Spine Poetry #2: The Rime of the Deadly Pepperpot…


Afternoon all! After much pondering and concentrated appraisal of the titles on my shelf, I am once again prepared to indulge in a little spine poetry.  For those not in the know, spine poetry involves creating a poem using only the titles of books and displaying the result in photographic form…presumably in order to prove that the book titles you’ve used actually do exist.  I got this idea from someone in the blogging world, but unfortunately can’t remember who, so if you think it’s you, feel free to make yourself known and take the due credit.

Todat’s attempt has been inspired by my good blog buddy Ste J’s recent reflections on that juggernaut of entertainment, Doctor Who.  It is part respectful ode to a deadly foe, and part instructional guide for those who have trouble with being assertive. I have titled my effort:

How to Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons

spine poetry dalek

I am a Dalek;

the Great and Dangerous.

Don’t look now:

Unrest, cringe, fade to blue….

And then there were none.

And for the highly curious among you, here are the books that I used to create this masterpiece of wordsmithery:

       how to keep people from pushing buttonsi am a dalekgreat and dangerousdont look now

unrestcringefade to bluethen there were none



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Spine Poetry: Domestic Drama


And now for something completely different! Well, a bit different, considering I do poetry fairly regularly.  A month or two ago I was introduced to Spine Poetry – I can’t remember which blog I was browsing, or indeed the meme that spawned it (feel free to enlighten us all if this happens to be something you indulge in regularly!) – but this fantastic concept involves creating a poem using the titles of books…and taking a photo of their spines in poetic order.

For my first attempt I have selected some YA/Kid Lit tomes from the shelf to create a poem entitled: “Couched in Casualty”

spine poetry one

My place:

The curious incident of the dog in the night time.

Our big blue sofa, cracked.

Breathe.  Unwind.

It’s kind of a funny story.

For those interested, the details of the books pictured are as follows (links to more info in the thumbnails):

my place curious incident


My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon


big blue sofacraccked

Our Big Blue Sofa by Tim Hopgood

Cracked by K. M. Walton






Breathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNish




Unwind by Neal Shusterman



its kind of a funny story

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This was harder than I thought it would be, but I believe I’ll still indulge when the mood takes me.  I’d love to hear of the work of other spine poets also!

Until next time,