100 Scope Notes might be the inventor of this form of poetry but I’m not sure. He has a gallery of Spine Poetry and invites everyone to join in. It’s a fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.
I find poetry to be intimidating. It reminds me of standardized tests, as in the case of my 5th grader, PickyKidPix, as well! The structure and forms of poetry leave me struggling to find the rhythm and rhyming of some poems. Even the punctuation confuses me. Do I pause if there is a line break but no punctuation??!
Composing Spine Poetry for National Poetry Month
So let us embrace poetry together. I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours. I invite you to compose your own spine poem and let’s share! Together, we can conquer poetry together in baby steps.
No need to stress out. Just slap some picture book or chapter book titles together and snap a photo on your smartphone. Please send it to scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com and he’ll post it.
See? It’s easy! And let’s get our kids to do one too! After I post mine, I’m going to chase my kids down after school.
This poem is for my little boy who still thinks potty humor is hilarious.
Ode to a Potty Training Little Boy
p.s. Here are more great Spine poems!
From Sandra Wilson:
The kids in Margaret Ryan’s Class 5
The kids in Margaret Ryan’s Class 5A
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