Book spine poetry was the brainchild of Nina Katchadourian, an artist who works in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. In 1993, Katchadourian began collecting interesting titles and arranging them in clusters so the spines could be read like a sentence. Maria Popova, who describes herself as "an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large," later adapted the spine sentences into poetry. Here's my contribution for national Poetry Month 2014.
Book spine poetry is a great, extremely accessible poetry activity for kids--and grown-ups who don't think they have a poetic bone in their bodies. Try it--it's fun!
Barbara Jean Hicks is a regular guest contributor to Tales From the Rushmore Kid. She is a credentialed teacher in K-12 English/Language Arts and the award-winning author of seven picture books for children, including her most recent, AN AMAZING SNOWMAN, which along with A SISTER MORE LIKE ME is based on characters from the 2013 Oscar-winning animated feature film from Disney, FROZEN.