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Poetry Friday: Odd Smell

April 1st is a mere three weeks away, bringing with it the glory that is National Poetry Month. On that day I’ll be hosting a gallery of book spine poems (or centos) submitted by you. Interested in getting in on the action? If you give it a try, take a picture and email it to me (scopenotes at gmail dot com) or post it to your blog and let me know.

For those who want to try it with kids, I’ll also put up a students-only gallery on April 1 and add to it for the entire month.

How do you create a book spine poem? Click here to read my tips.

I’m posting a new cento of my own every Friday until April 1, and today is no exception. Here goes:

Be sure to check out the Poetry Friday roundup at Liz in Ink.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I am absolutely loving your book spine poetry. The last two lines of this one made me laugh out loud in the middle of my otherwise mostly quiet library.

    Here’s my Poetry Friday post: http://sharingsoda.blogspot.com/2011/03/poetry-friday-1-review-dancing-pancake.html

  2. I love this. I’m going to show it to my 3rd Grader (and his librarian and teacher). It is ingenious.

  3. Two weeks for me to get my game on for Poetry Month. I need to light a fire!

    I know for sure I’ll be trying some more spine poems this year!

    • Great to hear you’ll be giving it a shot! I look forward to what you come up with.

  4. So. Cool. I have my display/passive program for April. I’ll be sure to post shots of whatever we come up with.