Emily Dickinson & Book Spine Poetry, Day 4 of NPM

There is no Frigate like a Book (1286) by Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

Since we’re talking about the power of books, check out book spine poetry! Get students into the school, classroom or home library to create book spine poetry, where they arrange books and create poems based on the titles of those books.


“After you
Talk to me
Everything sings
Everything is Illuminated.
Instant Love.”

Here’s two examples from Highland’s book room:

book spine poetry 2 hhs

A tree grows in Brooklyn
for one more day.
A lesson before dying:
heart of darkness and the secret sharer.

book spine poetry hhs

Our Town:
the Catcher in the Rye,
the Kite Runner,
the Soloist,
the Book Thief.
Animal Farm.

Check out more about book spine poetry here and here!


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