Writing Wednesday: Book Spine Poem 1: 06.12.2013

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Writing Wednesday:

Book Spine Poem 1


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

While I’m online, a lot of my time is spent listening in on tweets from the book community and because of this I was recently inspired to create a weekly sub-meme as part of Writing WednesdaysBook Spine Poetry—which consists of piling up books with the intention of creating poetry by the use of only titles. No words can be added by the author, nor can books be used unless they are owned and part of the author’s book collection, which means the more books you own, the more lines of poetry you can create!

Because I love the ingenuity of this idea, I’d like to be able to create my own Book Spine Poetry every Wednesday for the Writing Wednesdays meme, beginning today!

Here’s my first Book Spine Poem:

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Book Spine Poem 1

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

Everything was goodbye in cold blood

the year of finding memory

a thousand splendid suns

a mercy.


This burns my heart

this world we found

the light between oceans

the sense of an ending.


I am forbidden the world

without you:

the kindness of strangers

the sentimentalists

the hungry ghosts—

some great thing…


a secret between us,

the time in between the last woman

the uninvited guests,

yesterday’s weather.


Say you’re one of them:

the unchangeable spots of leopards

the season of second chances

a garden of anchors

one good hustle—

the other side of the bridge.


(c) By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


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