Poetry – Book Titles Game

I loved this post by Kit: “Bookish musings: I made pretentious poems out of book titles“, and wanted to try the idea myself. I just started my blog, again, and do not have my own reviews, so I asked to use the same ones. Let’s see, if we have similar instincts. I collected the book names first and came back to the post to write my poems, later, so that I would not have a fresh memory of what Kit did.
Mine are all Tanka (57577 syllables).

First set:
– Beckoning Blood by Daniel de Lorne
– Caged by Bey Deckard
– Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
– Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low
– Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen
– Real Vampires Take No Prisoners by Amy Fecteau
– The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot
– Withered + Sere by TJ Klune

My poem:

Dark, heartless city,
Vampires; the prisoners,
sere, no; withered,
chase the burning obscura,
caged by no real beckoning.

(As Kit mentions, sere is an adjective meaning dry).

Second set:

– Merry & Sprite // Bone to Be Wilde by Dani Lakely
– Blooded by Nat Kennedy
– The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
– Dream On by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay Wright
– Oak King Holly King // Tales from Blackthorn Briar by Sebastian Nothwell
– The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
– A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Fox Meadows
– A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

My poem:

Stubborn sprite born wilde,
Iron king of endurance,
Taste the blooded bone.
Merry and beautiful, dream
Strange tales from the gold city.

Third set:

– The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
– Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
– Mazarin Blues // Sable Dark by Al Hess
– Absolution by Lissa Kasey
– The Dichotomy of Angels by N.R. Walker
– Carry On // Wayward Son // Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
– A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
– Strangers in the Night // Friends in Low Places // Only the Good Die Young by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay Wright
– The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

My poem:

Infinite summer,
Young friends, sons of the Angels.
Wayward wind outside.
Low light places, only noise.
Dark night, strangers carry on.

Fourth set:

– Wolf Hall by Harper Fox
– The Usual Apocalypse by Christine Price
– Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle // Real Vampires Do It in the Dark by Amy Fecteau
– The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
– Fight the Tide by Keira Andrews
– Timekeeper // Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
– How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton
– The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles

My poem:

How to fight the Moon?
The Timekeeper, Tide Sparkle.
Wolf howl in the dark,
Real Chainbreaker, the usual
traveler’s apocalypse.

Slightly Howling

I am an aunt, daughter, sister, friend. 40-something writer from Finland. I love art, crafts, reading, writing, dancing to anything and everything. Trans ally, pan, she/her

2 Responses

    • Thanks so much for your reply! I loved the challenge. I did feel a bit like I was making silly lists of nonsense at first. But they came out ok in the end. Yours make much more sense. I loved your third one best, too. Actually our third poems could be like chapters in the same story of some wild friends out in the town. And loved that we were both fighting the moon.

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