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:
- They can only be books I currently have in my house.
- I cannot alter the book titles, except to add articles (a/an/the)
- 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:
a tangle of gold
where the rock splits the sky—
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?