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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A public bookmash

I discovered the art of the bookmash—a.k.a. book spine poetry—via Stan Carey, who maintains the blog Sentence first. I have dipped my toes only briefly into the bookmash pond, as it were, and not for some time. Today, however, I found myself in one of our regular charity shops, and thought: bookmash!

I once introduced the owner of one of Brisbane's second-hand bookshops to this practice, and even perused her shelves in search of an example, but have never—despite threats to do so—rearranged any retail bookshelves to satisfy this particular creative urge.

If you're not familiar with it, the idea is simple: look at book titles and find an arrangement of them that seems in some way poetic; Stan has his collection here. Today's effort was put together fairly quickly, with all of the books already in one small section of the shelf; all that was required was a little shuffling. Judge for yourself if this is poetry:

Tangled webs, kiss, pillow talk.
Lies I told about a girl, tangled up in you.
The dance of anger; Sunday's silence.
The road.

Whether or not anyone else noticed this ephemeral poem is a matter for conjecture … but I doubt it. It's just our little secret.


Stan said...

I like it! Bookmashing in a shop is a challenge I ought to try: all mine so far have been done from my own shelves. I'd be surprised if someone noticed it, mostly because of the arrangement; stacking them might make the poem easier to spot.

Duncan said...

Thanks, Stan. I left my mash sticking out, as I'd photographed them, so there's just a chance that someone *might* have noticed. But you're right, I should have stacked them. Next time...

Maybe I could make a wee 'bookmash' business card, and leave it with the stack. Could be a movement.