Camp NaNoWriMo Day 19: Book Title Poetry

After staring at my bookcases and all of the library books I can’t yet return, I have discovered my new favorite quarantine pastime: creating poems out of book titles!

I gave myself a couple of rules:

  1. They can only be books I currently have in my house.
  2. I cannot alter the book titles, except to add articles (a/an/the)
  3. I can add punctuation.

Two of the poems ending up starting with the same line, and it was amusing to see the drastically different turns they took.

Here’s the first one:


now I rise:

burn bright,


the fire,

a tangle of gold

where the rock splits the sky


Lauren Hallstrom book title poetry

You can compare this to the one I wrote after, which has quite a different tone!


now I rise

then again, maybe I won’t.

nothing ever happens here,

the lair of dreams.

hush, hush, dreamer…

a long, long sleep…

wait until tomorrow.


I think I’ll have to try more of these! Yes, each line is a different book title (except hush, hush, dreamer, which is two book titles put together).

Do you have any books at home that would make interesting book title poetry?



Published by laurenhallstrom

Lauren is the author of two CIPA EVVY award-winning novels, both written when she was a teen. She writes contemporary fantasy for tweens and young adults. She holds an undergraduate degree in English at Colorado State University and currently works in a public library. More often than not you can find her there - promoting lifelong learning, staring off into space, and dreaming up new stories.

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