Students at Elvis Ballew High School are creating poetry with the spines of books. As a librarian I work hard to help students connect to stories, literature, and poetry. What a better way than to help them see how easy it can be to come up with a good poem in honor of Poetry Month and library week! Being an alternative campus with students who have another chance at graduating, I found it very difficult to get them to want to read, to connect with a book, or simply want to pick up a book. Always thinking of ways to help them I read them Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" and then had them pick some books to come up with a poem of their own. Students in the pictures are thinking hard about what they are placing in the poetree.