I’m not what you would call a poet. Not even close. In fact, until recently, I think the last poem I wrote was a haiku in high school about becoming a werewolf (what can I say? I was going through a big Teen Wolf phase). I don’t even own a beret, tights, or a British accent (but I do cling to several wildly off-base poet stereotypes).
So when I came across Nina Katchadourian‘s website, and her amazing book spine centos, I was intrigued enough to try it myself, but not sure if the experience would be a positive one.
Then I gave it a shot. Did I enjoy it? Let’s just say this: do you know of a good beret shop, old chap?
Students. This form of poetry is tailor-made for them. I think the secret lies in the fact that you don’t create the words out of thin air (this can get too touchy-feely for some kids, and even some wildly inhibited librarians such as myself), but choose and assemble them from book titles that already exist. The learning curve is enticingly low, yet the results are often impressive.
So give it a try with students. And, if you’re feeling up to it, send me a photo of the results (scopenotes at gmail dot com). At 100 Scope Notes, I’ll be hosting a Poetry Month gallery filled with student book spine poems. I’ll add to it throughout April. Just think – this could be the thing that turns your students into dunking, headband-wearing, high-fiving basketball stars. No, wait, poets. Hmmm – I may have just stumbled upon a premise for Teen Wolf III.