Welcome back, everyone, for Day Ten – we’re now one-third of the way through NaPoWriMo!

Our featured participant today is grapeling, whose poem for Day Nine expresses the fear behind three of the simplest words.

Day 10’s poet in translation is Pakistan’s Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Faiz was known particularly for his ghazals, a traditional Urdu form of poetry. Six of his poems, translated into English, can be found here, and a number of additional poems are available here.

And now for our (optional) prompt! I know yesterday’s was a hard one for many of you, although I also was also very touched by the vulnerability and bravery displayed in your poems! But today’s prompt should be a little bit less emotionally involving — a nice chaser for yesterday. Today’s prompt comes to us from Lillian Hallberg. She challenges us to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here. If you want to take things a step further, Lillian suggests gathering a list of titles from your shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps, if you have a lot) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, to create a poem that is seeded throughout with your own lines, interjections, and thoughts. Happy writing!

 

89 Responses to Day Ten

  1. […] Napowrimo, day 10: “write a ‘book spine’ poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem.” […]

  2. […] to the Spine prompt for Day 10, NaPoWriMo 2016. Thanks for the shout out, […]

  3. grapeling says:

    Hey Maureen, I’m honored. Thank you for the inspiration, and for the yeoman’s work you do with hosting NaPoWriMo.

    Today’s pen is a bit of a twist on the prompt…

    https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/spine-10/

  4. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a ‘book spine’ poem. This involves writing a poem using the titles of books on […]

  5. […] I thought for this one I would mix up my A-Z Challenge of letter H and the NaPoWriMo prompt […]

  6. Mar Claudrin says:

    Lillian Hallberg, I loved this prompt. And had a lot of fun creating my response to it. Thank you :)

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/a-book-spine-poem.html

  7. […] had never heard the Day 10 NaPoWriMo challenge before today, but, as a bibliophile, I was immediately excited by the possibilities of […]

  8. TJ Paris says:

    What a great prompt! I have just had a fun time rummaging in my shelves for something semi-coherent. This is the result…
    https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/the-evolution-of-useful-things/
    Thanks from Western Australia!

    • Would you believe that I have “The Young Visiters” on my bookshelf as well? What are the chances? I remember my two sisters and my mother and I taking turns reading it aloud and howling! Hope I’m writing this to the correct person. Your website wouldn’t accept my comment! Good job. Judy

  9. Lori Carlson says:

    I had fun with this one.. a science fiction poem (the titles and authors used are at the bottom):

    https://promptlywritten.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/the-invasion/

  10. […] Today’s prompt: a book spine poem. Which would probably be a lot of fun, but… Nah, I guess I’ll postpone this for another time. So instead, I’m writing a poem about books and/or libraries. […]

  11. […] off prompt* as I’m STILL finishing a draft chapter (Really? I’ve obviously not been going on about […]

  12. […] Day 10 of NaPoWriMo introduces me to “book spine” poetry.  I didn’t realize how fun it would be, going through my bookshelf to try to create poems from the book spines. […]

  13. Gene says:

    Yesterday was brutal, but today was quite fun! I slept in a little, but when I got up I enjoyed jumping into this challenge.

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/book-spine-poetry/

  14. […] NaPoWriMo Day 10: My suggested prompt was used for everyone today! Stack ’em up and write  Book Spine Poetry, hopefully from books on your book shelves. My three poems include titles from: Gretchen Rubins’s The Happiness Project, Jane Slicer-Smith’s knitting pattern book Swing Swagger Drape, Jane Kenyon’s White Daffodils; You’re Wearing That? by Deborah Tannen and Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope; and the third one includes Sue Bender’s Plain and Simple, If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies edited by Sandra Haldeman Martz, and Ted Koppel’s Off Camera.  Happy Sunday! […]

  15. Thomas Tilton says:

    Finally, our combined collection (my and my wife’s) of self-help & science fiction books makes a little sense http://viewtoaquill.blogspot.com/2016/04/book-spine-poem.html

  16. […] Today’s NaPo prompt challenged me to delve into Book Spine Poetry. I’d never heard of this, but it’s actually really cool! The challenge is to find book titles on the spine of books in your bookcase and create a poem out of them–or you can use the titles in a poem. […]

  17. Grace says:

    This one looks super fun! Had a little bit of a tricky time, my bookcase didn’t have the best title selections to choose from that would then form a coherent poem LOL.
    But anyway, here it is: https://pensandcastlesonacloud.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/napowrimo-day-10-book-spine-poetry-on-childhood/
    Lovely prompts by the way–I am so glad I am following them this year!

  18. No bookshelf ’cause I’m on-the-go, but my digital bookshelves and their ebooks should do. :) This prompt is too fun to resist. :)

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-10th-day.html

  19. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Book Spine poems challenge” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Favorite Color prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Weaving in a Trio of Titles prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Emotions as Title prompt” Poetry School’s “Bathroom Setting prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Slam Poems challenge” QuillsEdge Press’ “I’m Starving For ___ prompt” Found Poetry’s “Unearthing What’s Buried prompt” Mary Carroll-Hacket’s “What Work Is prompt” Lagan Press’ “Inanimate Objects to Life prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Seeking Inklings in an Old Video prompt” Kate Foley’s “Past Lives prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Darkest Fears, Things that Haunt prompt” Elizabeth Koch’s “Love/Hate prompt” […]

  20. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – But today’s prompt should be a little bit less emotionally involving — a nice chaser for yesterday. Today’s prompt comes to us from Lillian Hallberg. She challenges us to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here. If you want to take things a step further, Lillian suggests gathering a list of titles from your shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps, if you have a lot) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, to create a poem that is seeded throughout with your own lines, interjections, and thoughts. Happy writing! […]

  21. […] A “book spine” poem for NaPoWriMo day 10. […]

  22. […] can find all about NaPoWriMo and the prompts I’m following (sometimes) this month HERE. I used alternating colors for the book titles in both my virtual and physical […]

  23. […] a blackbird sings. .. A book spine poem, NaPoWriMo, day 4. […]

  24. This was a difficult one as it was hard to find titles that didn’t so dominate that they ruined the poem. Here is mine: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/10/spinal-tap/

  25. Kat Shamash says:

    That was fun! I also took a photo of the book-spine poem, for visual effect. Here’s today’s poem, to the prompt.

    “The Tao of Physics in Five Parts”

    http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/the-tao-of-physics-in-five-parts.html

  26. […] than looking to outside sources (The Day 10 prompt from napowrimo.net suggested book titles from our bookshelves), I have gone inward (of sorts) for […]

  27. This morning, travel to your destiny •
    the straight highway, the winding road unknown.

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14105

  28. David Ellis says:

    I used the spine title prompt, every single line is for a book that I own and I finished by combining the title of two of my favourite books :)

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/10/napowrimo-day-10-soul-music-the-colour-of-magic-by-david-ellis/

  29. Not sure I did it quite according to instructions, and I also incorporated a couple of other prompts: https://marilyncavicchia.com/2016/04/10/nostalgic/

  30. Here’s my poem boasting a few of my favorite authors and poets from my own book shelves: https://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/napowrimo-10-book-spine-poem/

  31. From My Bookshelf-2013–https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/10/from-my-bookshelf/

  32. […] prompt  was to write a book spine, aka found, poem. These are a bit goofy. It’s Sunday, what can I […]

  33. […] was the first time I did a book spine poem for NaPoWriMo and it was fun! I incorporated the book titles into a text poem so I could fill in the gaps. Here […]

  34. Mar Claudrin says:

    I couldn’t resist writing a second on today, with the book titles as my headers for a handful of vignette that all loosely connect. Really enjoyed today’s prompt :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/between-pages-or-how-to-title-us.html

  35. […] prompt at NaPoWriMo today is to write a “book spine” poem, or what I’ve always heard called a stack […]

  36. I’ve always heard of this called a stack poem, but whatever you call it they are quite fun. Here’s mine for today.

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/my-soul-feels-peace/

  37. […] #NaPoWriMo book spine challenge […]

  38. Lori Gomez says:

    My shelves are always in upheaval… total chaos… but I tried to quell the madness & arrange it into some semblance of order. Cheers, everyone!

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/spontaneous-order-day-10-for-napowrimo/

  39. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/molten-sun/

    Hi Everyone, a
    Above is my link for today. A good week to all:)

  40. […] NaPoWriMo prompt…at first I felt resistant to pulling a bunch of books off of the shelf so that I could take […]

  41. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a “book spine” poem made up of book titles. In this case, I strung together […]

  42. Vijaya says:

    Hi! I haven’t yet written my Day 10 prompt poem (but I WILL, before midnight tonight — it’s been a busy day! :-))
    Here’s another poem I wrote, however, just a few minutes ago, which I submitted to The Daily Post, as well:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/10/misplaced-a-sort-of-fairy-tale-poem/

    Hope you enjoy it!
    ~Vijaya
    (Dreamer of Dreams)

  43. S.G. Liput says:

    Really cool and unique idea. I used film titles instead of books for mine.

    https://sgliput.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/dead-men-dont-wear-plaid-1982/

  44. […] Day 10: Book spine poetry Reference: The Kansas City and Toronto libraries are waging a delightful Twitter war using book spine poetry […]

  45. […] Day 10 of NaPoWriMo 2016, the prompt was to write poem using book spines.  I took the found poem approach with few […]

  46. Vijaya says:

    Hi again!

    That was FUN!
    Here’s my Day 10 prompt-fulfilling “poem” with book titles of some of the books on one of the book shelves closest to me:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/10/words-and-worlds/

    Thanks!
    Vijaya

  47. […] napowrimo.net prompt for Day 10 of National Poetry Writing Month was to write a “book spine” poem. […]

  48. Here is my Day 10 book spine poem. Short but hopefully sweet. https://theproductpoet.com/day-10-napowrimo-a-broken-spine/.

    Happy Writing!

  49. J Luukkonen says:

    It’s pretty clear what set of books were closest as I wrote this:

    “The Way”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/142608446237/the-way

  50. […] Day 10: Today’s prompt comes to us from Lillian Hallberg. She challenges us to write a “book spine” poem. […]

  51. That was a fun one. Instead of spine titles,since I review a lot of strange books, especially non-fiction, I went for purchased song titles in my iTunes.

  52. Ileea says:

    According to my bookshelf, I should write about girls and devils. So I did!

    https://ileea.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/aprillyrik-dag-10-en-flicka-i-frack/

  53. […] A ‘spine’ poem in response to today’s challenge. […]

  54. […] Day 10 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Book Spine Poem. Was inspired by little learner’s idea of using titles from her poetry instead. Neat idea, methinks! […]

  55. […] A book spine poem written for Day 10 of NaPoWriMo […]

  56. Erbiage says:

    wow, didn’t even know this was a thing. Seems like fun, but i’m not in my library, so i wrote this instead: https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/bookspine/

  57. […] have another go at Napowrimo and do the day ten prompt which was to make a poem from book titles: http://www.napowrimo.net/day-ten-4/ its small and abstract but yes it is a poem so here we […]

  58. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.