Thursday, June 13, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #16

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by Alison Can Read & Parajunkee.

This week's question is:

Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

Ok, I am 100% not creative and I have to honestly say I have never really been a poetry person. Also, most of my hard copy books are still packed up. Probably the greatest and most memorable attachment to poetry that I can think of is when I read Slammed by Colleen Hoover. The book really opened my mind to poetry and I LOVED all of the poems in that book. However, I think "Schooled" was my absolute favorite.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I got schooled this year.
By everyone.
By my little brother. . .
By the Avett Brothers. . .
by my mother, my best friend, my teacher, my father,
A boy that I'm seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, 
and undeniably in love with.
I got so schooled this year.
By a nine-year-old.
He taught me that it's okay to live life
a little backward.
And how to laugh
At what you would think
is unlaughable.
I got schooled this year
By a band!
They taught me how to find that feeling of feeling
They taught me how to decide what to be
And go be it.
I got schooled this year.
By a cancer patient.
She taught me so much. She's still teaching me so 
She taught me to question.
To never regret.
She taught me to push my boundaries,
Because that's what they're there for. 
She told me to find a balance between head and heart
And then
she taught me how. . .
I got schooled this year
By a foster kid.
She taught me to respect the hand that I was dealt.
And to be grateful I was even dealt a hand.
She taught me that family
Doesn't have to be blood.
Sometimes your family
are your friends.
I got schooled this year
By my teacher
He taught me
That the points are not the point,
The point is poetry. . .
I got schooled this year
By my father.
He taught me that heroes aren't always invincible
And that the magic 
is within me. 
I got schooled this year
A boy that I'm seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly,
and undeniably in love with.
And he taught me the most important thing of all -
To put the emphasis
On life.


  1. I agree with you! I loved Slammed (and Point of Retreat, and That Girl) and the poetry was such a big part of the story, as well :) I actually wrote my own slam poem after reading Slammed and PoR, after a young guy I knew was killed by a train. It was very therapeutic!

    Here's my FF post for this week.

    Have a fantastic Friday :)

  2. Never heard of this poem before, but it's really beautiful!

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  3. I've heard of the book, Slammed, but haven't read it yet! I like the poem though, very nice! I'm a new follower :) Hop on over to my Friday post if you have the time :) Hope you have a great weekend!

    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. AHHHHHHH! CHELSEA! I never ever would have thought to use one of these! And I butterflying love them!!! Hahaha! You are too awesome.

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  5. The poetry was so amazing, totally changed my perspective :-) I am so sorry for your loss but it is so amazing that you were inspired to write your own and that it helped you heal :-)

  6. You should definitely read Slammed by Colleen Hoover. The poems in this book are all amazing! :-)

  7. You should definitely read it. It is an amazing book! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Haha!! I am not much of a poetry person but these poems really stuck with me. I butterflying loved them all too ;-)

  9. Love it! Can't wait to read this book :)

    old follower

  10. Yeah, it was good to be able to write about it. And we weren't even that close - but young people just shouldn't die like that :(

  11. that is a great poem. I like how it is all spaced!

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    Amber @Paradise of Pages

  12. Love this poem!! I hadn't heard of this book before - I'll have to check it out!

    You can find my poem here.

  13. I love it! I'm a new follower. Please Check out my FF


    Elizabeth @ Stuffed Shelves

  14. Wow, that was great. I've never seen it so thanks for sharing. I'm a new bloglovin follower.


    Meredith’s Musings

  15. I definitely recommend this book! I absolutely Loved it! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Great poem to share! Re-reading it gave me a big grin while I remembered their story : ) Thank you!

  17. I know, this poem makes me smile and then I want to go and re-read Slammed :-)

  18. Fantastic pick, Chelsea!! "Schooled" was my favorite too!!! It makes me go all teary and ˇawww~" inside :)

  19. Thanks! I know, this book brought out all my emotions. I still get the feelings when I see this poem :-)

  20. I really did like Slammed. I just finished This Girl, have you read that?

  21. Oh yes, you must check this book out! It is a favorite of mine.

  22. I love this one but all the poems in this book are amazing too :-)


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