Creative Response: Meet My “Book”

For my “book”, I wanted to think outside of the box and do something unique yet symbolic. I also wanted to take what I have learned through this class as well as my other Creative Writing classes and bring it to the project. During my first Creative Writing class, I learned about poetry and wrote it for the first official time. I had learned about poetry but was never good at writing it. It wasn’t until I got a deeper understanding of poetry that I discovered how unique and different every piece of poetry is. I wrote two poems during my Intro to Creative Writing class that had a lot of meaning to me and where I was at that point in my life. I was proud of the message they portrayed as well as the fact I had written them with so much joy. When I read about this assignment, I knew I wanted to include something from my first class with Creative Writing. Therefore, I decided to use the poetry I wrote for my first class in my “book”. It had meaning since I was using something from the first class, I took for my minor for the last class I am taking for my minor. It came full circle just like I came full circle during my time at Saint Vincent College. 

I got the idea for my materials based on my experience with the zines. I love how all of them were so unique and different and no two were alike. I think it really reflected how every story is unique just like how every person is unique as well. I had art supplies in my room and I knew I could do something with those. As a child, I often made “books” in school. Typically, these books were comprised of pieces of loose leaf stapled together with construction paper as the cover with a story inside. It was nothing elaborate, but simple and childlike. Since the theme of this assignment for me was based on coming full circle, I decided to assemble my “book” like how I would assemble it like I used to as a child. I chose a red sheet of construction paper for my cover since it is my favorite color, cut the paper to a unique rectangle so just the poem was on the page and stapled it on the sides like I used to when I made books as a child. It was a unique and personal touch for myself. According to Borsuk, author of The Book, “It is, essentially, an interface through which we encounter ideas” (197). It doesn’t matter how the book is made but rather the content that matters. 

© Elspeth Mizner 2019 The Cover of my Book

My imagined reader is someone who is trying to get back some of their childhood and they would appreciate the simple book and the sentiment involved. Both articles of poetry that I chose are deal with the theme of reflecting of past decisions and looking to the future. The reader could be male or female, but they ultimately, care more about the poetry over the presentation.  They are looking to find a deeper sense of the poetry and within themselves. This poetry could be read aloud or silently. According to Borsuk, author of The Book,“literature was primarily a social activity with audiences gathering for performances of epic poetry and drama” (55). I would hope they reader would read and present in a way they felt most connected to the poetry.

The language is fairly simple and forward, the reader may have to read between the lines at certain points, but both poems are up to the reader about how they want to interpret and what they take away from it. I think that’s the best part of poetry, the reader can interpret what they want from the work and apply it to their own life. Overall, I enjoyed this assisgnment and the reflection that went into it and I was pleased with the final outcome. 

Work Cited

Borsuk, Amaranth. The Book.MIT Publishers 2018

2 thoughts on “Creative Response: Meet My “Book””

  1. Your response gets at the idea that what makes a book is often a question of personal, even private, significance. That “full circle” became, in many ways for you, the emotional “shape” of your book: “It had meaning since I was using something from the first class, I took for my minor for the last class I am taking for my minor. It came full circle just like I came full circle during my time at Saint Vincent College.” Your choice of “art supplies” that you could find around your room for a simple, “childlike” “interface for encountering” your poems makes sense in that framework. I see that your book is about looping an imagined reader into that (personal-biographical) circle. Which begs the question: will you distribute/display/share this book with anyone?

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