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Prompt #110 Stringing pearls

June 14, 2012


Stringing pearls!

“cento poems gone crazy, times two!”

We Write Poems:
Alright, so you do remember, a cento poem is your selection, re-arrangement (oft not in the sequence originally written) and assembly of another writer’s work – taking a few lines here and there, from one or several poems and books – using their words and phrasing, but now to impart a newer context and meaning by virtue of your assembly alone. Right? So last week we asked for whole lines lifted from someone’s prose writing. Getting comfortable with the general idea?

OK, so now to make the play a wee bit deeper. Two authors of your choice this week. You can take from either poetry or prose, as you wish (yet just one kind for each author respectively please). NOW, engage those two voices, those two different energies, those two stances – and engage them in conversation with each other. Yes, yes, that conversation may (as you need, or wish) be perhaps a bit lop-sided, a dollar short, disjointed, disconnected, two strangers barely aware of another in the room – or they might be well engaged, argumentative even (as you wish), or merely students of wondering aloud. That’s the part you get to make! How those voices relate, that’s for you to say!

Dare we even suggest, try if you will, making selections less rather than more “comfortable” for yourself. More fun that way wouldn’t you think?

And do please credit your source authors and the book or books you’ve used in making your poem.

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself. *** You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share. *** When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!). *** Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

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