Found Poetry in un-Altered Books

Last year’s found poetry experiment required altered books (Post 1 on Brain Popcorn, Post 2 on Sea Dreams).  This year, inspired by the remarkable photopoetry of Nina Katchadourian (see her Sorted Books Project and accompanying book), I decided to mine my own shelves for poetic assemblages of titles.  Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of epic sword-and-castle type imagery, both historic and fantastic.  And also dragons, though I’m still working on making some of those titles into a fluid poem.

Here, then, are two poems for you from my bookshelves!

"How to live on bread and music/I hope you dance/A Thousand Mornings/At the end of the open road" Bookspine poem by Meg Winikates

“How to live on bread and music/I hope you dance/A Thousand Mornings/At the end of the open road” Bookspine poem by Meg Winikates

sword song poem by meg

“The last kingdom/Beat to Quarters/Sword Song/The Subtle Knife/Victory/I capture the castle” a bookspine poem by Meg Winikates

Check out other great visual constructions of poetry over on my interdisciplinary museum blog, Brain Popcorn, here: Poetry Constructions