Annette Dauphin Simon, Spine Poems

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black and white photo of Annette Simon in front of a body of water, wearing round black-rimmed glasses. She is smiling!

Photo Credit: Anne Liles

A charming, clever, and original collection of more than 100 spine poems-a popular form of found poetry composed by arranging book spines--illustrated with 110 full-color photographs.

Easy to create and share online, spine poems--also known as collage poems or centos--have become a fun and popular way of writing poetry. Spine Poems is a delightful, illustrated collection of more than 100 spine poems that range from hilarious to heart-rending to profound.

Award-winning creative director and former bookseller Annette Dauphin Simon has arranged the poems in categories that resemble those found in a bookstore: Art, Biography and Memoir, Business, Cooking, Home and Garden, Music, Parenting, Philosophy, Politics, Pop Culture, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and True Crime. Each poem pulls from a wide variety of book genres and ranges from the short and quippy to lengthier and poignant.

Every poem is visually captured in a color photograph of stacked book spines taken by the author and is presented in a text version on the opposite page. Each spread also includes a list of the authors and artists whose titles make up the poem, and features quotes, fun facts, and other related literary and popular culture miscellany.

Spine Poems is a wonderful keepsake and gift book for all lovers of words, books, and poetry.


Former Fearrington artist Annette Dauphin Simon is the author and illustrator of several books for young readers, including Mocking Birdies and Robot Zombie Frankenstein! Once an advertising creative director – including 13 years at area powerhouse, McKinney + Silver – she first found spine poetry as a bookseller in her local indie.To research this book, Annette spent countless hours lost in the stacks, and has rearranged more titles than she's prepared to admit. She and husband Kent live in Southport, North Carolina.


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Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers By Annette Dauphin Simon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063208223
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Published: Harper Design - September 6th, 2022

A charming, clever, and original collection of more than 100 spine poems–a popular form of found poetry composed by arranging book spines—illustrated with 110 full-color photographs.