Living the Desert Life – A Summary in Book Spine Poetry

Desert Views, The First Month

Living the Desert Life, The First Month © 2012 Bo Mackison

Here is the challenge: use book titles to create small haiku-like poems. A challenge I couldn’t resist.

And so I began. Considering I had limited resources while staying in Arizona, I decided to do a trilogy of book spine poetry using the theme of “living the desert”. That way I could use several titles more than once.

Living the Desert Life, The First Month

You are here.
Chasing the light.
The desert year.

Desert Views, The Second Month

Living the Desert Life, The Second Month © 2012 Bo Mackison

Living the Desert Life, The Second Month

While I was gone
chasing the light –
the desert year.

Desert Views, The Third Month

Living the Desert Life, The Third Month © 2012 Bo Mackison

Living the Desert Life, The Third Month

The desert year,
Chasing the light.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC, is  living and photographing in southern Arizona for a hundred days. Only three more days left.

About Bo Mackison

I’m a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place – a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I’d love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It’s my gift to you.


  1. Clever. I especially like the last one.

  2. Thanks. I like the last one, too. Savoring the desert! Yes!

  3. Interesting idea. I wonder if the concept works with ski lodge names? 🙂

  4. Great idea – lovely verses!

  5. Very nice!

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  6. There are whole stories in your poems. An open Universe.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Yes, I managed to write about my 3 month stay in Arizona in a few book titles…maybe I didn;t need to write all these blog posts? 🙂

  7. These are beautiful, Bo. I love this idea. I might have to give it a try.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Do give it a try, Robin! With your in house library, I bet you’ll have some great finds. I can hardly wait to get home and check out all the books on my shelves.

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