Friday, October 4, 2013

Predator and The Prophet


killing Lincoln
     -the turtle warrior-
            deeper than the dead.

A walk in the woods—
          safe haven?
   Never enough...

Capture: the price of malice.

© Ginny Brannan 2013

Sharing at d'Verse Form For All: The Hidden Poetry in Books.

An attempt at a Spine Poem--taking the titles of books on your bookshelf and arranging them into a verse. Thought this looked like a really cool exercise to try. Pulled these off my upstairs bookshelf, which holds a rather eclectic little mix of favorite classics, true stories, a bunch of mysteries (not to mention cookbooks and some science/natures which I didn't include!) Wish I'd had more time to spend, was doing this on the fly before work. Thinking along the lines of John Wilkes Booth, whom after killing Lincoln hid in the woods, only to be captured anyways. Will have to try this again when I have more time!


  1. ha nicely done...i have read a few of strung them well...better not get captured though...smiles...

    did you mean to link this in?

  2. Brilliantly done, Ginny! I love this prompt...would love to have another go :)

  3. There's a couple of those books on my shelves too ... smiles.

    This is a nicely composed spine poem, making excellent use of your chosen titles.

  4. some intriguing titles...and well spun ginny...

  5. Oh, a subject after my own heart! Yes, it was quite a manhunt (also a title of a book about the incident). Have you ever visited The Ford's Theatre in Washington DC ... have an amazing audio tour and museum in the lower level and you get to sit in the theater and walk up to the upper balcony -- right next to where Lincoln was shot. It is still a working theatre!

    EXCELLENT work!

  6. Ginny, this is brilliant. You tell a story and compose a poem that can stand apart from the titles. Kudos!

  7. Wow what a story in those few words ~ Really creative Ginny ~

  8. Isn't it amazing how seemingly unrelated book titles can be woven into a narrative that shows cohesiveness and a level of metaphor unrelated to the original? Well done!


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