Book spine poem: Hidden Symptoms

A new book spine poem with a medical theme, to see the year out:


A stack of books against a white background, their spines forming a found poem, transcribed below.

Hidden Symptoms

Hidden symptoms
Under the skin:
A disaffection,
A ghost in the throat –
Patient or pretender
Waiting for the healer.
Can you tolerate
This parasite?


Thanks to the authors: Deirdre Madden, Michel Faber, James Kelman, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Marc D. Feldman, Charles V. Ford, Toni Reinhold, Eamonn Sweeney, Ashleigh Young, and Bong Joon Ho.

Deirdre Madden, one of my favourite Irish writers, has featured in a few previous book spine poems and other posts. James Kelman appeared in the first set, back in 2010. ‘Hidden Symptoms’ is no. 47; you can browse the full archive of bookmashes here.

5 Responses to Book spine poem: Hidden Symptoms

  1. Truly inspired. Love it!
    Happy holidays 🐦

  2. Now, Stan, I hope you did not construct that book spine poem and that it just happened naturally. The rules is the rules :)

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