One of my favorite podcast shows is A Way With Words. Recently, the two hosts discussed a term called “bookmash.” I think in some places it is bookmash and in others it is book mash.
The term describes a fun activity where you grab some of the books off your bookshelf or nightstand. Turn the stack on its side and read the titles. Sometimes they flow into a kind of poetic statement.
The Way With Words podcast referenced Stan Carey’s blog Sentence First. His bookmash example was: Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes / Bugs / Creatures of The Earth / In The Shadow of Man
I had to try this. The bookshelf over my writing desk books that I own that have been signed by the author.
Here is my bookmash (without even rearranging the books):
The Ledge/The Thing/The A.M. God/Absent Memories/My Wish
Now you can try this fun exercise.
NOTE: Since I first wrote this blog post on a new way to create poetry, I found that it is also called book spine poetry.