The Great Book-Spine Poetry Challenge
Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian has been visiting public and private book collections to create book-spine poetry for her Sorted Books project since 1993. She photographs books, stacked so that the titles create beautiful poems, heart-breaking observations, and snarky one-liners that convey the unique nature of each collection. Things like:
Raised By Wolves
Amateurs At War
Through The Wall
Most recently, she dug into the Delaware Art Museum's Helen Farr Sloan Library to create an exhibit called Once Upon A Time In Delaware/In Quest Of The Perfect Book. It will be on display at the museum through September 16. She talks more about how the idea came about and her process in this video:
The minute I saw this, I was dying to try it, so let's have some fun. Create spine poetry out of your own personal book collection and post your results in the comments. You might even come up with something that you can use as your writing prompt for today. At the very least, you'll make some cool art. Whatcha got?
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