Poetry Prompt: Dylan Thomas 100

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This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, “an emergent community of many organisations [and] individuals” including the Welsh government and the British Council Wales will celebrate the poet’s life and work throughout 2014 as part of Dylan Thomas 100. Among other events, a writing shed will go on tour.

Your task: select two or more poems by Thomas and create a remix or cento of his work. Please share the results in the comments!


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  • January 12, 2014

    Mary Bast

    To shade and knit anew the patch of words

    In the torrent salmon sun
    how much was happy while it lasted.

    The mouth of time sucked, like a sponge,
    wind in me leaped, the hellborn dew
    tread like a naked Venus
    through salt and root and roe.
    It shall be said that gods are stone.

    Beginning with doom in the bulb, the spring unravels,
    the greenwood dying as the deer fall in their tracks.

    We in our Eden knew the secret guardian –
    no tell-tale lover has an end more certain,
    dumbly and divinely stumbling.,
    for half of love was planted in the lost
    worm in the scalp, the staked and fallow.

    How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm,
    how light the sleeping in this soily star.

    Cento from The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas,
    New Dimensions Publishing, 1957

  • January 13, 2014


    No more may gulls cry at their ears
    Bird beast and flower
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light

    I see that from these boys shall men of nothing
    Pick the world’s ball of wave and froth
    Trail with daisies and barley

    About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
    Where no seed stirs,
    Divining in a smile the oil of tears

    After the first death, there is no other
    Faith in their hands shall snap in two
    That utters all love hunger

    “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”
    “A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London”
    “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

    “I See the Boys of Summer”
    “I See the Boys of Summer”
    “Fern Hill”

    “Fern Hill”
    “Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines”
    “Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines”

    “A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London”
    “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”
    “My Hero Bares His Nerves”