A cento is a “patchwork” poem comprised of lines from other poets' poems with only some punctuation changed. I post new centos periodically to share what I'm reading and keep the creative wheels turning. Citations follow each poem. This is November 2022's installment:
In the flurry of passing faces
I can almost imagine I know you . . .
Are you all right?
Behind this mask,
having failed and failed at love,
I am alive. I am alive! I am.
1 “Coming Home” in A Strange Summer by Chris Vannoy
2 “Memorial for Stephanie” in Available Light by Sandy Coomer
3 “Here and Now: My Life Today” in Words Bursting in Air by Janice Alper
4 “A Pan African Mask Speaks” in Classic Kwanzaa Poems: New and Selected by JohnnieRenee Nelson
5 “Carpathia” in Carpathia by Cecilia Woloch
6 “Lifeline” in Girl with Death Mask by Jennifer Givhan