Prose Verse Babel 12 – Some Book Spine Poetry

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Part of how we can celebrate National Poetry Month is by “writing” book spine poetry. Here on A Life Among the Pages I have a series called Prose Verse Babel. It’s dedicated to sharing book spine poems “written” by myself and other readers.

There hasn’t been a new PVB post in a long time, but today I’m trying to resurrect it. I’d love to do at least one more PVB post this month. Hopefully some of you’d like to be part of it. If so, you can find more details at the end of the post.

For now, here are a few I threw together just now!

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In the unlikely event
the husband’s
secret love walked in,
nobody’s safe!

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Woman at point zero,
leaving
cold sassy embers
under Plum Lake,
New York.

Everything is illuminated.
Paper moon, barefoot
jazz.

The Ten-Year Nap.
Beautiful Ruins.

Shovel ready?
Bring up
the bodies!

 

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If you’d like to send in some of your own book spine poetry, you can find out how to do that on the main Prose Verse Babel page. I’m always happy to share with my readers. They love this stuff!

Prose Verse Babel, 11: Girl Poem #NationalPoetryMonth

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This poem was an experiment inspired by checking out a stack of books sitting on my desk. I saw Gillian Flynn’s  Gone Girl and my current read, Girl at War by Sara Nović (you may remember seeing that book in the last PVB post.

I saw Girl and Girl in the titles and an idea formed: I should try writing a poem with all the books I own with “girl” in the title. So, after doing a quick search of my print collection (see, it helps having a database on the computer), here’s what I wrote. *Note, a few books were left off because “girl’ wasn’t its own word in the title. I had a few with “girlfriend” and other variations. It didn’t seem to fit the idea for the poem.*

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The third to last book is Ghost Girl by poet Laura Madeline Wiseman. It’s a thin chapbook, with no title on the spine.

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The Diary of a Young Girl

The silent Girl,
the Girl who loved
Tom Gordon.
Girl, interrupted.
The Girl who kicked
the hornet’s nest

The Girl with
the dragon tattoo.
Metro Girl.
Gone Girl.

The Girl who
played with fire.
Girl at
war.
Girl vs.ghost.
Ghost Girl,
Girl
Goddess, #9.
The Forever Girl.

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If you’d like to send in some of your own book spine poetry, you can find out how to do that on the main Prose Verse Babel page. I’m always happy to share with my readers. They love this stuff!

Story Time Friday: Prose Verse Babel returns for #NationalPoetryMonth

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fancy lineresizePROSE VERSE BABEL IS BACK! After a very long drought of both interest and material, I’m bringing the old series back. It might be the only time for awhile or it might spark the series to kick itself back into gear. That’s all up to you, my loyal readers.

If you don’t know what PVB is, simply put: It’s book spine poetry. It’s poetry written from the titles on a book’s spine. Some people go word for word, but I like to add a little freedom to it. Adding/removing punctuation or a few words as one sees fit. Just no major changes.

You can find all the old PVB posts HERE and two brand new poems for this week’s STF post below. You’ll find more info on how to submit your own on the PVB page, as well. It used to be a fan favorite with many guest poems. Can be fun or serious. Doesn’t even have to be good. Just a poem and something you’d like to share.

As always, enjoy!

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Poetry by Robert Zimmermann

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Catherine

Catherine,
warrior of the light,
girl at
war:
unleashed the
art of love.

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The Prophet

Eleanor Rigby,
the prophet,
inside the Kingdom
of the Angel of Darkness.

Speak.
Eat, pray,
love for one more
day. 700 Sundays.

To be perfectly honest…
the book stops here.

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For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip on in 😛 ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

 

#PoetryMonth: Prose Verse Babel 10

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Kristalyn's poemKristalyn Thornock

Love letters to the dead
Forever reap
Vicious waves
To all the boys I’ve loved before

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small
personal
voice,
speaking with
the angels.
Her

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The Giver,
The Miracle Worker,
The Shrinking Man,
Julie, & Julia.

A time to Kill…

and then there were none.

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when the war began
(across the river and into the trees).”

“it can’t happen here,
east of Eden.”

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poet,
Misery, that hideous
strength; the long dark
tea-time
of the soul.

Line curvyAs always, please send in your Prose Verse Babel submissions! I love sharing other reader’s poetry in this series. If you’re planning on submitting, make sure to email me a picture of the stack of books and the text of the poem how you’d like it to read. Remember, you can alter the titles slightly to suit the poems. I’m not too strict. Just have fun :) Please use my contact form to inquire about a submission.