AND THE ASSIGNMENT IS: to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. If you want to take things a step further, Lillian suggests gathering a list of titles from your shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps, if you have a lot) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, to create a poem that is seeded throughout with your own lines, interjections, and thoughts.
From behind The Hidden Staircase
3 Witches Enter the night;
To meet the Brothers to Dragons
In the Wicked, Grey Twilight
They spoke of The Alehouse Murders
Where Sweet Savage Love did dwell;
Of Angels & Demons, The Juniper Game,
And that place between Heaven and Hell.
“Wait till Helen Comes” cried Sybil
“And all will be Bared to You!
“She brings The Samarkand Amulet
And The Amber Spyglass too.”