Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Creating from my bookshelves

            For the last three years, Travis Jonker at his blog, 100 Scope Notes, now at School Library Journal, posts the annual book spine poetry gallery.  Poets, including me, from all over the world send him photos of their book spine poems and Travis creates a slide show of them all.  You can find it to view here.

       I decided to write a quick autobiography,  taking a cue from the book on top.  Enjoy, and write your own!  I created a new page (above) with all the poetry links.

Encyclopedia of an ordinary life

day by day
the passionate observer
a trail through leaves
girlfriends
book love
poem making
teaching with fire
side by side
hidden gems
something permanent

18 comments:

  1. Linda, great glimpse of you! I love the autobiography focus. My bookshelves are still a mess from monkeying around with spine poetry last month. Something Permanent - I love that book!

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    1. I understand about the books everywhere, & now I keep seeing "lines" & thinking, "I could use that one..." Thanks, Ramona!

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  2. Love this Linda! Sounds like a mini glimpse into your life!

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    1. Yes, it is. The Encyclopedia of An Ordinary Life gave me the idea. It's a lovely book!

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  3. Perfect! And those are some awesome books, Linda!

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  4. You have picked the books and packed your life awesomely. I wonder what books would make my autobiographical book spine poem. I wish to read the Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.

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    1. Thanks, Terje. I've read about half of that book, & had to stop because of other reading I had to do. It's so clever! I hope you will enjoy it!

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  5. That life doesn't sound ordinary at all. It sounds rather important! (Love spine poems. You and I have very similar book shelves, Linda.)

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    1. And the books keep tumbling, Cathy. What fun that you have many of the same books, well, I guess I'm not surprised!

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  6. Linda-
    This really is perfect! Like several others you and I have much in common- looking forward to coffee when we can chat about it more!

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    1. Thanks Carol-hopefully we can find time someday!

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  7. Your poem is terrific. What a great autobiography in poem form!

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    1. Thanks Ruth-they are interesting to do, now can't stop examining titles!

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  8. I seem to be missing out on quite a lot of April Poetry activities this year! :( I missed out on the progressive poetry poem too. Perhaps it isn't too late to join in the book spine fun. :) hopefully before this month ends.

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    1. I imagine you could create some awesome poems, Myra, from all those books!

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