Sitting pondering, as I am prone to do, I remembered seeing something called #BookSpinePoetry and decided I’d like to have a little play around with it!
Book Spine Poetry dates back to the early 1990s Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project. She began taking random book titles and arranging the spines into clusters so that they could be read as a sentence.
It is a little like the concept of #FoundPoetry, a literary equivalent of a collage where you take a selection of text from different sources and rearrange them as poetry. I was first introduced to this concept when we ran a creative writing group at work for adults living with long-term conditions. It is a fun and non threatening way of using words and language to create something that is meaningful to the writer. We used it to create colourful collages which participants framed and took home with them.
Both these concepts embrace the idea of Free Verse Poetry which breaks all the rules about poetry having to rhyme and is a very liberating use of language in groups of people who may struggle with the idea of using words and poetry as a means of expression. Free verse poems do not follow the rules, and have no rhyme or rhythm; but they are still an artistic expression. They are sometimes thought to be a modern form of poetry; but, the free verse types of poem have been around for hundreds of years.
Social media encourages us to make use of visuals through our blogs, especially on platforms such as Instagram. I think I might have found myself a new hobby related to my love of books!