Stone cottage — identity in crisis along the riverrun
by James Longenbach
by Alan Durant
by Richard Ellmann
In all likelihood, if not for friend and fellow blogger Jonathan Chant, I wouldn’t have seen this notice for the book spine poetry contest being held on LibraryThing. The idea is to create a poem using book spines. Since most of my books are old worn hardcovers (a form of poetry in and of itself), I thought I’d have a hard time coming up with an entry. But, as it so happens, there’s a stack of books slightly behind my desk and to my left, at about half an arm’s length, many with dust jackets. It took only five seconds or so to identify the “poem” above. All three books are part of a much larger gift of books (173 in all!) from another friend and fellow blogger, Gerry Boyd. All I have to do now is read them.