This post is part of a series of weekend found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.
For this week’s prompt, we ask you to create a cento by rearranging the lines in these selected poems:
These poems have already been deconstructed for you in this spreadsheet. Download the spreadsheet to sort the lines alphabetically or randomly (to sort randomly, sort the column that appears as a list of numbers). Of course, you may also extricate lines from the original texts yourself (links above). You may use any number of lines as long as you form an original, meaningful poem. To write a cento: rearrange lines from the selected texts into a new poem. The original lines remain intact; the main intervention comes in arrangement and form. Read more about forms and practices of found poetry.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!