Over at 100 Scope Notes the count down to National Poetry Month has begun with an accompanying request for book spine poems. I posted some poems I made last year along with some made by my students, so this time I decided to challenge myself by using a more limited pool. For these poems I used only books that I own. Furthermore the first poem was made entirely from books that I have read and enjoyed while the second was made from my tbr shelf (which had a worryingly large number of titles to choose from). It seems that I'm just as long-winded with my poems as I am in the rest of my life, so they both ended up being epic poems telling a story.
First we have an adventure story exuding confidence, befitting all the journeys the books on my 'read' shelf have taken me on and all the love and attention I have given them:
Next we have a tale of longing justly reprimanding me for my neglect from the books on my tbr shelf:
Hey, I've been busy. I'm working full time and going to grad school and I have to focus on reading books I can recommend to kids for now. Cut me some slack, I'll get around to you when I can! Jeesh, those tbr books can be a bit pushy sometimes.
So what are your shelves trying to tell you?