Poetry Friday Book Spine and Found Poetry


I had the great pleasure of partaking in Chicago’s Newberry Library’s Summer Book Sale this past Sunday. I’m sharing my treasures that I found there. I created a found book spine poem from them for Poetry Friday. I had so much fun with this one, I included a second poem below from a new book and some older ones. I’ve also included links below on more found and book spine poetry.




Selected poems
of William Butler Yeats,
The Emperor
Fool of the world, and
The nightingale,
Secrets of wonder,
of great art,

©2017 Michelle Kogan


Bees are few
Hunger edges
Second sight!

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

Blogs with info on Book Spine Poetry–how to and photos:
Ken Nesbitt’s Poetry4kids

 The Association for Library Service to Children ALSC Blog

Book Riot BookRiot

Alycia Zimmerman Scholastic

The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted this week by Donna JT Smith at Mainly Write, thanks for hosting  Donna! Drop by her blog for more Poetry Friday poems.

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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31 Responses to Poetry Friday Book Spine and Found Poetry

  1. Keri Collins Lewis says:

    Oooh, I hope the bee book is good! 🙂 You scored at that sale!

  2. Donna Smith says:

    Book spine poems are fun! Love Chrysanthemum!

  3. lindabaie says:

    I went to my sale earlier this summer. It is wonderful fun! Looks as if you had some terrific finds, all kinds! I love your spine poems, Michelle. There’s a poignant side to that second one!

  4. Super! And look a those gorgeous old book spines. LOVE! Aren’t library book sales fun? You never know what treasures are just waiting for you to find them.

  5. Hunger Mountain intrigues me. I’ve always wanted to give this a try and never have gotten around to it. You have inspired me!

  6. Tabatha says:

    Beautiful library!
    I wish I could flip through your book finds — they look terrific. I can see why they would inspire poetry.

  7. Irene Latham says:

    Oh my what a haul! Congratulations on your new book-friends… and what fun, the spine poems. Thank you!

  8. Library book hauls are one of my ultimate weaknesses – knowing that I’m donating to the library while also giving old books a new lease on life is all the excuse I need to stock up!! 🙂

  9. Ooo! I’ve never seen book spine poetry. This is great. I will have to give it a go.

  10. mbhmaine says:

    I love, love library book sales and always leave feeling like I have treasures in my bag. You certainly found some great ones! Making spine poetry was a wonderful way to double your pleasure and we all benefitted as well. Thanks!

  11. I love creating book spine poems! Yours are wonderful, especially “If bees are few…” Isn’t it fun discovering such treasures? Thank you for sharing!

  12. cvarsalona says:

    Oh, the fun of rummaging through books to find the just right ones and then to organize them into spine poetry. You have a treasure here, Michelle.

  13. I love your clever way of sharing your book finds with us. Looks like hours of reading ahead!

  14. Spine poetry is a fun and creative way for students to “try” poetry – it gets their brains thinking in a different way! Thanks for sharing these.

  15. maryleehahn says:

    Now THAT’S a library book sale I wish I could go to!! Fun poems!

  16. Excellent finds, Michelle. I am quite envious. I have that Yeats book somewhere, I think. 🙂

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