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Book request haiku: what happens when librarians start to imagine patrons’ requests in a slightly poetic vein. I think the form also lends itself nicely to the tiny amount of information a librarian is sometimes presented with when a patron is looking for a particular book.

The Horn Book printed several of my haiku in their November/December 2012 issue (you can read the clever haiku of some readers in the comments), but here are a few more. The titles are at the end of the post.


Something terrible/ Happened to every letter/Of the alphabet

An elegant mouse/Who lived in a pagoda/And her humble swain

I would have tried the/Frobscottle. But snozcumbers?/That sounds disgusting.

She was strong enough/To lift a horse. I wanted/Her for a neighbor.

The kid starts this fire/With a hammer. Or a jackknife./No–what’s that thing called?

The mom keeps singing/Her grown son to sleep. Is it/Funny, or creepy?

Thanks to the Horn Book for publishing the best of them!

Answers: The Z Was Zapped; The Rescuers; The BFG; Pippi Longstocking; Hatchet; Love You Forever

A very quick post, filed under Things Writers Can Learn from Music Videos: watch the video for “Titanium” by French DJ David Guetta featuring Australian singer Sia. Is it not a perfectly compact story, full of suspense, emotion, and surprise? I’d heard the song before, but I never imagined that the video would be so, well, good. How often do you watch a video and say to yourself, Now that should be a YA novel? (Maybe you said that after watching “Call Me Maybe,” I don’t know. But this one would be a better YA novel.)

It looks like the video isn’t embedding properly–sorry!