Cento Poetweet

TODAY, April 21, marks the National Poetry Month Cento Contest. It’s a NaNoWriMo but for POETS! 36 Judges.  3 winners.  The prize: 12 (unknown but signed) books.  Count this crazy WepWopper in!

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@Poetsorg will Tweet lines from poetry that each participate must rearrange into its own working poem by Noon EST April 23rd.

Here is an example of a Cento poem.  10 random lines from random poets:

Any day now she’ll try to eat solid food. She’ll want — Kim Addonizio

When the feast is overSharon Olds

Some things are damned to erupt like wildfire —Beth Bachmann

I’ve been in your body and it was a carnival ride. — Richard Siken

Actually, they are the real artistsBilly Collins

I am just a menagerie for bright orange creaturesAdrienne Greenberg

till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil Adrienne Rich

The girl on the bench in the Laundromat is barely eleven, the kind of girl with no hint of a figureChristine Butterworth-McDermott

to be petals; I’m not fooledJade Ramsey 

or washed or cauterizedMargaret Atwood

My Cento:

Any day now, she’ll try to eat solid food. She’ll want–

til she could no longer hold a test tube or a pencil–

to be petals–

I’m not fooled.  Some things are damned to erupt like wildfire–

The girl on the bench in the Laundromat is barely eleven

the kind of girl with no hint of a figure

(or washed or cauterized).

I am just a menagerie for bright orange creatures.

I’ve been inside your body and it was a carnival ride.

When the feast is over,  actually they are the real artists.

@POETSORG:  LET THE POETRY GAMES BEGIN!

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