September 10, 2022
A charming, clever, and original collection of more than 100 spine poems-a popular form of found poetry composed by arranging book spines–illustrated with 110 full-color photographs.
Easy to create and share online, spine poems–also known as collage poems or centos–have become a fun and popular way of writing poetry. Spine Poems is a delightful, illustrated collection of more than 100 spine poems that range from hilarious to heart-rending to profound.
Award-winning creative director and former bookseller Annette Dauphin Simon has arranged the poems in categories that resemble those found in a bookstore: Art, Biography and Memoir, Business, Cooking, Home and Garden, Music, Parenting, Philosophy, Politics, Pop Culture, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and True Crime. Each poem pulls from a wide variety of book genres and ranges from the short and quippy to lengthier and poignant.
Ridiculous / Hilarious / Terrible / Cool
Other Words for Home
Elisha Cooper / Jasmine Warga
Didn’t See That Coming
Julie Larios and Julie Paschkis / Corinna Luyken / Deborah Freedman / Deborah Heiligman /Karen Romano Young / Brian Selznick / Rachel Hollis / Gordon Korman
Every poem is visually captured in a color photograph of stacked book spines taken by the author and is presented in a text version on the opposite page. Each spread also includes a list of the authors and artists whose titles make up the poem, and features quotes, fun facts, and other related literary and popular culture miscellany.
Spine Poems is a wonderful keepsake and gift book for all lovers of words, books, and poetry.
Annette Simon, a former award-winning creative director and bookseller, is the author-illustrator of several books for children, among them Mocking Birdies and Robot Zombie Frankenstein. To research this book, she spent countless hours lost in the stacks, and has rearranged more titles than she is prepared to admit. She lives with her family in Southport, North Carolina.