Last week, I got happily distracted from my writing by looking at the Twitter entries into the Waterstones Gravity Spine Poem competition. I won't go into details of the competition as you can read about here, but I wanted to share the concept with you.
Spine Poems are poems written by stacking books you own so that when you read the titles they form a story. This isn't a new idea - I've seen a few friends post pictures of their poems on Twitter in the past - but it's a rather charming one. I'm no poet, but when I saw the great work going on, I decided to have a go, and it seemed to me that "poem" was quite a loose term here - some entries were highly poetic, others just told a story in a way that may or may not be thought of as poetry. I think my attempts definitely fall into this latter category!
I had so much fun I intend to "write" some more spine poems soon, but for now, here are my first attempts at poems/stories.
1) The Human Story.
3) Not so much a poem as a piece of flippancy.
Have you ever tried this? Give it a go and let me know what stories you can create from your books either by commenting below or e-mailing me a photograph (see About Me page for contact details). I might do a little series of spine poems and I am happy to include other people's creations (with links to their blogs) as well as my own.