I’ve seen a few ‘page poems’ recently, where people take a page from a book and pick out words to make a poem/phrase.
It seemed like a fun challenge, so I grabbed three random books off the shelf, opened them to no particular page, took a photo, and had a go at finding myself some Page Poetry.
I was going to pick books I thought would make my life easier, but then decided there was no fun in that, so I chose a shelf and picked out the 3rd, 8th, and 14th books on it.
The first book was Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and this was the Page Poem I managed to glean from my random page… (yes, for anyone who has read it, that word choice was deliberate. You know I can’t resist word play.)
He scowled, before wishing he was cared for enough to earn her dreams
The second book was Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch…
Pale light rose hopefully outside.
I hurtle over the stunning silvery ocean, completely lost.
and, finally, I gave up.
The last book was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and when I saw that I’d got this one, I knew I was in for a challenge, and that whatever this poem ended up being, it wasn’t going to be cheerful. But I tried my best!
The woman started shivering,
Coughed and tasted blood.
Coughed again. Blood.
I decided using colours to depict ‘verses’ was easier than scrawling lines all over the page for that last one!
I quite enjoyed this as an activity, but if I do it again, I think I might choose my books more deliberately, if not the specific pages.