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Books + Poetry + Rainy Day = Book Spine Poetry!

Poetry springs eternal, pandemic  be darned!  The month of April can mean many things to different people, but to me, April Showers and the National Poetry Month designation stand out.  So, on a recent rainy day stuck at home, I ransacked my personal library collection to create poetry from book spine titles.   Let these following examples be a springboard for your own book spine poems. Gather the family round and get creative.   See how many poems you can create by throwing in cookbooks, graphic novels, manuals and children’s books to the usual fiction and non-fiction mix.

Take a photo of your book spine poems, include the text, and email it to us at

For more inspiration, view past years’ book spine poetry from the Nevins Library.

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There once was a rhyming blog post…

Every March, we librarians dread,

With foreboding and scratching of head,

What new Irish book

Will make patrons look?

Maybe limericks can do it instead!



mv5bmtg3ndg0nju5of5bml5banbnxkftztcwmjawmjiymq-_v1_sx640_sy720_Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

As a child, young Frank was so poor

That anyone probably had more

His lazy, drunk dad

Spent all that they had

But left him with stories galore



51vbtiu7kelIn the Woods by Tana French

Detective Rob Ryan is good

But when a little girl dies in a wood

He has to, at last,

Revisit his past

And the scars of his own childhood.



dubliners-james-joyceDubliners by James Joyce

This classic is wrought in short stories

Which makes it a winner for sheer ease,

But if you want more,

There is plenty in store

For a challenge, try reading Ulysses!



41977Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

When four friends venture out into Dublin,

Their bond seems to be for thick or thin.

When ambition makes cracks,

They do things they’d take back

And each of them learns a great lesson.



13928Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

In order to save her six brothers,

Young Sorcha may speak to no other.

The magical curse,

And danger much worse,

Is the work of her evil stepmother.



51pmenuyngl-_sy344_bo1204203200_A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Though some might consider him bad,

Boy Henry is still quite a lad.

His Ireland’s gritty

But the book is so witty

If you read it, we’re sure you’ll be glad!



60822Haunted Ground by Erin Hart

A head is found sunk in the peat

In a village that seems awfully sweet

Could be the head’s old

And the case has gone cold,

Or a murderer could stalk the streets.


Also watch:

Angela’s Ashes starring Emily Watson

The Boxer starring Daniel Day-Lewis

Circle of Friends starring Colin Firth

The Commitments starring Angeline Ball

Once starring Markéta Irglová


Also listen:

Water from the Well by The Chieftains

The High Kings by The High Kings

Hill of Thieves by Cara Dillon