Every so often I make a poem by stacking books on top of one another so their titles line up felicitously. I call them book spine poems, or bookmashes for short. Here’s a new one.
The Accidental Grammar
Voices in stone
breaking the rock:
the accidental grammar,
the loom of language,
the awakening of intelligence,
the mind’s eye reborn –
gifts of unknown things.
Some of these are recent additions to the bookshelf; a few are old favourites. There’s a strong bias towards non-fiction here, with Ali Smith’s the only novel. In 2013 I found a close ratio of fiction to non-fiction in my bookmashes, but I’ll have to review the figures, maybe when I’ve done 40 or 50 (we’re at 37 now).
Thanks to the featured authors and editors: Ernst Doblhofer, Jolene Babyak, Ali Smith, Frank Palmer, Frederick Bodmer, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Douglas Hofstadter & Daniel Dennett, Susan Sontag, Mark E. Smith, Patsy Rodenburg, and Lyall Watson.
Most are debutants on Sentence first, though Palmer, Dennett, Sontag and Hofstadter have had cameos before and Lyall Watson appeared in passing in a post about barking animals. I try not to reuse titles, but Sontag’s was in ‘Virtual light in the heart of the sea’, which is one of the few I’m satisfied with.
For earlier book spine poems, including links to other people’s, you can browse the archive here.