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The Great 2020 Quarantine Book Spine Poem Challenge!

I received an email out of the blue yesterday . . .

Attached was Larry’s great book spine cento poem:

I first learned about book spine cento poems through artist Nina Katchadourian. I’ve celebrated them every National Poetry Month since.

But when I saw Larry’s poem, I realized something new: with everyone cooped up in their houses due to covid-19, this is the perfect time to give the book spine cento a try.

I immediately went to my shelves and whipped up this disgusting gem:

So here’s what I’m proposing:

The Great 2020 Quarantine Book Spine Poem Challenge!

  1. Make a book spine cento poem using the books inside your house.
  2. These tips might help.
  3. Take a picture.
  4. Send it to me: scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com.
  5. When April 1 hits (National Poetry Month), I’ll post a gallery, including your poem, for all to enjoy.
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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.

Comments

  1. Kimberly King says:

    Neat idea!!! I shared on my facebook page:)

  2. Destinee says:

    This is a fun activity for sure. I feel for folks who don’t have many books at home, especially with most public libraries closed. An alternative way to make a poem is using the bibliocommons list feature. I made a poem with a bibliocommons list today just for fun: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/list/share/220740577_librariandest/1609053396_books_titles_poem

  3. I just love reading these! Serendipity is responsible for so many good things . . . thanks for sharing. (We are fans of Ocean’s Eleven in this house, too. Great, fun film.)

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