Try This: Book Spine Poetry

Listening to your life,

torch the simple truth.

Risking everything,

love always

the imperfect paradise

of gravity & angels.


Love a cut-up, a collage, a literary re-mix? Me, too!

Inspired by artist Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project [via Brain Pickings] I searched my shelves and assembled titles for the spine scramble above. And in the process I rediscovered several loved-but-forgotten books:

Listening to Your Life
daily meditations by Frederick Buechner

novel by Cheryl Strayed

The Simple Truth
poems by Philip Levine

Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation
edited by Roger Housden

Love Always
novel by Ann Beattie

The Imperfect Paradise
poems by Linda Pastan

Of Gravity & Angels
poems by Jane Hirshfield

Book spine poems are fun — and addictive. I bet you can't try just one!