Cento poems make
great bedside reading, because cento is Latin for quilt. A cento is a sort of found
poem literally "stitched together": every line is taken from another
poem. It's a very old form, dating back to at least the 4th century, but it
seems custom-made for our hyper-linked age. And it's a great form for D-I-Y
types and renters (and those suffering from chronic
writer's block), because the cento allows you to make something with what
you're given, rather than building a structure from scratch. Selection is
a form of invention. Make lemonade.
Here's a cento to celebrate
our recent "stunning
win"--click on each line to be taken to the source text.
Shannon Holman, AT Poet Laureate
Our remarkable poet laureate, Shannon Holman, is away in Indonesia for a few months of R&R. In the meantime, we'll be revisiting her earliest meditations. This one goes all the way back to February, 2005. Enjoy!