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2016, April 22

Book Spine Poetry – Paris

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Today is the fourth stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

The concept of book spine poetry appeared in 1993 with Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project. Katchadourian began collecting interesting titles and arranging them in clusters so the spines could be read like a sentence. Maria Popova of Brain Pickings adapted the spine sentences into poetry, and the idea quickly spread around.

NPMBlogTour2016I learned that teachers have been using this technique to inspire kids to write poems (and use their books!), and that there are book spine poetry contests floating around the internet.

Since I last created book spine poems three years ago, inspired by a friend of mine who wrote the most stunning book title poem, I bought quite a few new books.

To name the best examples, I gave up buying something else and bought one book each month in 2013.
And then after receiving an Amazon voucher in December 2015 as the sole winner of an Innovation Week event our client held at work, I bought seven books in one fell swoop.

Some of them I’ve read already, some not yet.
However, here is some book spine poetry I managed to arrange from the newer titles I own.

For some reason, my heart was drawn to a Paris theme this time around.

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Paris letters,
the sweet life in Paris,
(and) Paris in love –
All the brights places,
(are) hidden in Paris.

Messing up my beautifully organized shelves was worth it.

Want to play? Go arrange some of your books into pretty book spine poetry and then leave me a link to your photo in the comments section so I can check it out :)

How is your National Poetry Month going? Read anything you think I’d like? Do share!

2016, April 15

That moment – by Estrella Azul

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Today is the third stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Last week, I printed out the National poetry Month poster and displayed it on a cork board at work, hoping it’ll inspire some of my colleagues, too.
I have to say I’m having a lot of fun this month reading more poetry than I do on a regular basis!

Since I haven’t posted this on my blog before, and lately I felt the need to start gathering all of me/my writing in just this one place, I will share with you my poem, “That Moment”, which was featured on ArtiPeeps back in 2014.

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NPMBlogTour2016That Moment,
by Estrella Azul

Four hours… passed by in a flash.
A cup of fragrant Jasmine tea in a cozy cafe,
gave way to a long walk as the wind made them shiver.
A fire lit up inside as dusk turned into night,
as drizzle turned into rain, as two lips touched.
That moment… it felt like eternity.
For her, that moment felt like a hike.
It felt like sunbathing on a hilltop,
surrounded by mountains covered in sparkly snow.
She felt her soul fill with warmth and calmness.
That moment… it felt like perfection,
in her world filled to the brim with uncertainty.

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In other news, my wonderful writer friend, Janel Gradowski who first introduced me to National Poetry Month when she interviewed me as part of the 2010 blog tour, has the first book of her culinary competition series, “Pies and Peril” now free on Amazon through April 24th. This is the first time any book in that series has been offered for free, so I urge you to go download and read it as it’s truly a book worth spending your precious reading time on!

How is your National Poetry Month going? Read anything you think I’d like? Do share!

2016, April 1

National Poetry Month 2016: Blackout Poetry

Large-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoTo quote the official description from the website,
“This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.
Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Please join in the celebration by listing your events and attending other events in your community, displaying this year’s posterparticipating in Poem in Your Pocket Day, recommending the Dear Poet project to a young personsigning up to read a Poem-a-Day, and checking out 30 more ways to celebrate.

We hope National Poetry Month’s events and activities will inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long!”

NPMBlogTour2016I’m celebrating by writing some poetry myself, creating book spine poetry, overall reading more poetry this month and visiting the blogs and articles in the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour listings.

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For my first poetry-related creative project, I decided to try blackout poetry. It was really simple to form!
All I did was print out a page I deemed okay as far as the text was concerned. I printed it out so that I wouldn’t actually mess up any of my books – I love them too much! Then, I took the page with me on a lunch break and started forming a poem with some of the words.  After my poem was formed, I went to town with the rest of the page, blacking out.
Truth be told I would’ve liked to create an interesting design, something like a doodle on the page, but my sharpie really wasn’t cooperating. Anyway, below is the result and a transcript of the poem itself :)

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Together as the stars came out,
tiny silver bells whispered aloud.
They stopped beside a small stream.
She felt as fragile as glass in his hands,
trembling he turned to look at her.
His hand rubbed away the tears
touched her hair lightly,
lifted her head, their faces finally at height.
They sat silently, and strangely tender, unmoving.

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Want to play? Go black out words on a page of your favorite novel to form a poem, and then leave me a link to your photo in the comments section so I can check it out :)

2013, June 7

What Love Does – by Estrella Azul

Love does not last X number of years.
Love only now begins,
for another X earthly years
and an infinity of years afterwards.
Love grows by the day,
as a leavened bread
placed near a warm oven.
Love grows in the sun.
It grows in the grass,
among flowers, in shades of trees
and layers of basil.
Love caresses my dusty cheeks,
warms my icy hands,
carries away worries like the wind,
and kisses me goodnight.
Love does not necessarily make me better,
more cheerful or happier.
But it makes me be myself,
and it makes you be yourself,
and it turns you and I, into Us.

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2013, April 26

(Even More) Book Spine Poetry

8554394989_255e5665d0 Today is my last stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

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How is your National Poetry Month going? Read anything you think I’d like? Do share!

Like I said at the beginning of this month, and then last week, messing up my beautifully organized shelves was worth it :) Here is another book spine poetry I managed to arrange from the titles I own.

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The railway children,
Little women;
Roommates –
Looking for Alaska,
Through the looking glass,
in Paper towns.

 

 

Want to play? Go arrange some of your books into pretty book spine poetry and then leave me a link so I can check it out :)

2013, April 15

(More) Book Spine Poetry

8554394989_255e5665d0  Today is a stop on the Savvy Verse & Wit National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

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How is your National Poetry Month going? Read anything you think I’d like? Do share!

Like I said at the beginning of this month, messing up my beautifully organized shelves was worth it :) Here is another book spine poetry I managed to arrange from the titles I own.

 

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The introvert’s way,
The war of art –
(a) Testimony (of) 
The fault in our stars.
Bird by bird
Writing down your soul,
Writing – to change the world.

 

Want to play? Go arrange some of your books into pretty book spine poetry and then leave me a link so I can check it out :)

2013, April 8

Some silences… – by Estrella Azul

Incoming flight, no one waiting at the airport

Some silences are louder than words…

Arriving home, feeling out of place

Some silences are louder than words…

Walking next to each other, silently

Some silences are louder than words…

Giving back a ring, tears flooding both pairs of eyes

Some silences are louder than words…

Looking around the room while packing a suitcase

Some silences are louder than words…

A friend helping out, no questions asked

Some silences are louder than words…

Walking out, looking back at a half-empty room

Some silences are louder than words…

Over-thinking everything in each spare second

Some silences are louder than words…

Gazing at a picture, wishing for the phone to ring

Some silences are louder than words…

Wanting things back the way they used to be

Some silences are louder than words…

Saying “I love you” one last time, hearing “I love you” back

Yet… Some silences are louder than words…

 

December 2010

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