To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re mounting a month-long exhibition of Book Spine Poetry in the library lobby. We’ll have five columns on display, with a new stacked poem created by a member of our LMU library community on each column at the beginning of each week.
We invite you to give it a try and share your poems with us through Instagram or Twitter!
Everyone who shares their stacked poem during the month of April with the hashtags #lmulibrary and #bookspinepoetry will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the fantastic book Sorted Books by Nina Katchadourian.
Anyone can be a poet – no experience necessary… all you need is a willingness to explore the stacks and have fun! We recommend checking out the Sorted Books project for more context, and inspiration.
Ready to go?
Here’s how you do it…
- Wander through the stacks, and find a book with an intriguing title or closing line for a poem – this sets the tone for the subject of your poem.
- Look for additional books with titles that express what you’d like to say about the subject. These will compose the body of your poem.
- Gather more books than you think you’ll need.
- Play with the order of the books, and read your poem aloud before you finalize it.
- Take a photo and share it on Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtags #lmulibrary and #bookspinepoetry
- Repeat! (It's addictive...)