Poetry Stretch: Cento

Poetry Stretch at TMRE offers up a “cento” As described by The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms, it’s

“a poem made entirely of pieces from poems by other authors. Centos can be rhymed or unrhymed, short or long.”

My cento is the form of loosely put together lines from the recent Frog Pond, a journal of the Haiku Society of America and recently featured in this blog post.  Reflecting more on the recent high school reunion:

the wind carries a butterfly
into sea shimmer
forty years
another name dissappears
from my tongue
unexpected guest-
through an open door

(lines 1-2, pg. 10; line 3 not found in Frog Pond; lines 4-5, pg. 21; lines 6-7, pg.65)

The Art of Irreverence is featuring Poetry Friday.  I know many people who contribute to PF are at ALA this weekend. Have a lot of fun.  Miss you all.


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2 Responses to Poetry Stretch: Cento

  1. Lisa Nowak says:

    Wow, interesting concept. I like that line “into sea shimmer.”

  2. Julie Larios says:

    I love your cento, Jone – Well done!

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