Write an Instant Spine Poem


If you enjoy doing acrostic poetry, then why not try writing a spine poem? Here’s how it works: take the title of your favorite book (or movie or song) that is 5 words long and use each of the words as the beginning of a line in your instant poem. For example, use the instant poetry form below to make a spine poem using the book title, Where the Wild Things Are.  The sample is for the book The Old Man and the Sea.


Line 1: Where

Line 2: the

Line 3: wild

Line 4: things

Line 5: are



The mermaid lived in an
old boat under the waves, where no
man swam, only dolphins
and giant squid. She often watched
the waves roll and sang haunting
sea chanties all night long.