Monday, March 16, 2015

Book spine cento

The dead and the living, all

these voices rave:

     "Who will know us,

       what we carry 

of this world, the way it is a murmuration

       of starlings."

The world doesn't end. This

is what they say.

I used only books of poetry today so cento it is. Stacking books so they form stories or poems is also referred to as bookmashing, sorted books, and book spine poetry.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A phantom grace: three blackout/erasures of Sylvia Plath poems

Source material: Sylvia Plath’s Sleep in the Mojave Desert from Crossing the Water

Source material: Sylvia Plath's Flute Notes from a Reedy Pond

Source material: Sylvia Plath's Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

River Brink - a cento

The stream is brimful in the grassy fringe

stone bridge among the withes

        old as the elms that shelter it.

A thunder of horses stretches up the slope       

moist necks 

        freed from the harness.

Source text:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Between Being and Becoming

Desire marks each of us so differently

no matter how long, how fiercely we love.

Between being and becoming, we fail

so often and in such ordinary ways.

See how the sliding days silt in,

taking our other hundred lives with the water -

each one waiting, having borne us this far,

becoming finned and whole, swimming off.

Silence completes us, simple as those few notes

that answer the dark on a summer night and fall still.

Source text for Cento: selected last lines from Jane Hirshfield's Of Gravity & Angels

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scribble the Holy Contour

Scribble everything!

Get drunk with your life, its own visionary tics, the true

story of the world interior – jewel center

of recollection. 

Swim in language,

in the holy contour of life

emblazoned in praise

of wild, undisciplined time.

Bits and pieces culled from Jack Kerouac's 30 Writing Tips

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Raw, Wild Summer

Prey to luminous mornings

  in whose golden pulp
        lay the core of long afternoons

raw      wild      summer
  drenched with honey

Cento Source text: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz (pages 25 & 26)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Erasure of Neruda's Epithalamium

At first I did not see you: I did not know
  your           presence:
the shouts of the wind in the shadow.

Do you remember

how sleep grew
in you,

               the wind

      its secret syllable
and all things spoke 

of the seed that half opens?

Your name is on the petals

of the rose that grows on the stone,

       a scarlet mouth  

deciphers your name:
    broken window

crazy with light.