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The Cento

A Collection of Collage Poems

edited by Theresa Welford

Publication Year: 2011

As Gertrude Stein might have put it, a cento is a collage is a mix tape is a video montage. This hypothetical description is fitting in a number of ways. Although the cento form is ancient—in existence since at least the days of Virgil and Homer—it was also used to striking effect in the Modern era: consider, for example, T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and Ezra Pound's Cantos. More recent centos include John Ashbery's "The Dong with the Luminous Nose," Peter Gizzi's "Ode: Salute to The New York School 1950-1970" (a libretto), Connie Hershey's "Ecstatic Permutations," and the "Split This Rock Poetry Festival - Cento, March 23, 2008" (a collaborative protest poem delivered in front of the White House). The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, edited by Theresa Malphrus Welford and with an introduction by David Lehman, features an extensive sampling of centos, collage poems, and patchwork poems written by Nicole Andonov, Lorna Blake, Alex Cigale, Allan Douglass Coleman, Philip Dacey, Sharon Dolin, Annie Finch, Jack Foley, Kate Gale, Dana Gioia, Sam Gwynn, H. L. Hix, David Lehman, Eric Nelson, Catherine Tufariello, and many others.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 11-20

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Introduction

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pp. 21-24

A cento is a collage-poem composed of lines lifted from other sources—often, though not always, from great poets of the past. In Latin the word cento means “patchwork,” and the verse form resembles a quilt of discrete lines stitched together to make a whole. The word cento is also Italian for “one hundred,” and some mosaic poems consist of exactly...

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Preface

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pp. 25-30

As I was putting this collection together, one of the contributors, Allan Douglass Coleman, brought up several thought-provoking ideas. “Is ‘cento’ just another word for found poem,” he asked, “an attempt to gussy up that concept (as giclée is used to gussy up ink-jet prints in the fine-art field) and perhaps give it a history that goes back further than the early...

Robot Woman

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p. 31-31

Ecclesiastes Redux

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pp. 32-33

Melancholy in the Public Domain

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p. 34-34

Morning with Pessoa

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pp. 35-36

Holy Terror

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pp. 37-39

Solace from Marianne

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pp. 40-41

Cento Canto

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pp. 42-46

Duke Ellington

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p. 47-47

Terminal Signs

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p. 48-48

How to Not be Here When the Universe Dies: a Cento-Sestina

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pp. 49-50

There Is a World: Lee Harvey Oswaldand the Seduction of History

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pp. 51-53

Debbi Brody: Santa Fe Soul Cento

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pp. 54-58

Junk Mail: a Found Poem

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p. 59-59

There Was Only the Sound of the Sea

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pp. 60-61

Sea and Sky

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p. 62-62

Giant

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p. 63-63

I had some things

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p. 64-64

The Bard

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pp. 65-66

How the Animals Came Into this World

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pp. 67-68

Clooth-na-Bare

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p. 69-69

Trifles

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p. 70-70

Things to Remember about Shafting

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pp. 71-72

Thomas Eakins on Painting

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p. 73-73

Patchwork Sonnet of Friends’ Complimentary Closes

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p. 74-74

Misunderestimated Will of Me in the Actual Unedited Words of George W. Bush: A Fabulous Year for Laura and Me (December 2001)

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pp. 75-76

River Road Cento: a Sevening

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p. 77-77

Char’d Endings

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p. 78-78

A Cento of Stolen Moments

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p. 79-79

You Had Meant to Catch It

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p. 80-80

The Witness

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pp. 81-84

A Villanella

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p. 85-85

My Mother’s Ashes

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pp. 86-87

He Who Cannot Run Flies

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p. 88-88

Fresh Produce Tabloid Headlines

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p. 89-89

In the Center of Furies

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p. 90-90

Green Is the Night and Out of Madness Woven

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pp. 91-93

Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Haiku Sequence

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p. 94-94

Compassion for Scarpia

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pp. 95-97

Call Me Pier

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p. 98-98

Men of Our Time

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pp. 99-100

Shelley / Baudelaire / Joyce): The RadioChanges Poet Channels

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pp. 101-102

Cento (Mark Doty, Atlantis)

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pp. 103-104

Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?

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p. 105-105

Cento: Falls the Shadow

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p. 106-106

A Short History of Tobacco

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pp. 107-108

Elegy with Surrealist Proverbs as Refrain

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pp. 109-110

21st Century Girls: A Quarter-Cento

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p. 111-111

eclipsed

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pp. 112-113

He learns he was given a secret name

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p. 114-114

Approaching a Significant Birthday,He Peruses The Norton Anthology of Poetry

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pp. 115-116

Land of the Fairy Chimneys

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p. 117-117

An American Cento

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pp. 118-119

On Finding a Book of Poems

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pp. 120-121

Burns Festschrift

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p. 122-122

Gwendolyn Brooks: Medley of Wisdom

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pp. 123-124

Letter to Dana Gioia

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pp. 125-127

Letter to Philip Brady

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pp. 128-129

A Magazine of Bare, Naked Ladies

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p. 130-130

Exercises in Subordination

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pp. 131-132

The Second Coming of the New Colossus

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p. 133-133

Twenty Couplets

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pp. 134-137

At the Hour of Love and Blue Eye Lids

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pp. 138-142

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Ruined byReading the Cantos of Ezra Pound

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pp. 143-147

133

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p. 148-148

166

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p. 149-149

Centoum for Gin and Pilgrims

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p. 150-150

On Frida Kahlo’s Diego on My Mind

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p. 151-151

Blonde

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p. 152-152

What Would I Do Without This WorldFaceless Incurious: A Cento

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pp. 153-154

Let the Snake Wait

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p. 155-155

Volatile Territories

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p. 156-156

December 14

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p. 157-157

Touchstones

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pp. 158-159

Caught by the Light: A Cento

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pp. 160-162

That Would Be All of It

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p. 163-163

A Muscle Disease, a Stream of Clear,Pure Water All Dried Up

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pp. 164-166

Poetics

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p. 167-167

Wet Bones

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pp. 168-169

Last Words: A Cento

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p. 170-170

Emily, Walking

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p. 171-171

View from a Hotel in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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p. 172-172

Astrophel and Stella

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p. 173-173

cento

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p. 174-174

when it rains (Clouds Cento #5)

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p. 175-175

Grimm Cento #2

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pp. 176-177

Dickinson’s Island

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p. 178-178

Dreaming Myself

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pp. 179-180

Nos Morituri Te Salutamus

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p. 181-181

Ballade Confessionnelle: Plath and Sexton

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pp. 182-183

Who But I

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pp. 184-185

Cento, Selected Works

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pp. 186-188

Fall Runway Report

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p. 189-189

Wander Woman

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p. 190-190

Dove Promises

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p. 191-191

Untitled

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p. 192-192

Stolen Wind Poem

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pp. 193-194

To My Ex

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p. 195-195

Map of Bones

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pp. 196-197

Lion Tamarins

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p. 198-198

Word Balloon

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p. 199-199

Now Is the Time

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pp. 200-201

Blood Bath

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pp. 202-203

Fury

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p. 204-204

New Mother Cento

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p. 205-205

Trichechus manatus latirostris

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p. 206-206

Never Start a Sentence with There

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pp. 207-208

A Cento of Houses

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pp. 209-210

On Silk and Soul

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pp. 211-212

Things to Remember

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p. 213-213

A Cento of Lucy Angeleri’s Poetry

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p. 214-214

Spamtoum

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pp. 215-216

Cento

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p. 217-217

Midnight

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p. 218-218

Cento: The Waves Are Running in Verses

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p. 219-219

Standing Here/Now

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pp. 220-222

Team Poem

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p. 223-223

Fatima

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pp. 224-225

Like a Wide River

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pp. 226-227

Paraphrase in Time of Thaw

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pp. 228-231

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About the Author

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p. 232-232

Theresa Malphrus Welford, who hails from a working-class background in the state of Georgia, has taught at the University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Western Carolina University, and the University of Cincinnati. At Georgia Southern, where she...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093293
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091329
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091324

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: First

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