A cento is a “patchwork” poem comprised of lines from other poets' poems. I wrote this one in our "Yoga for Creativity & Poetry as Play Workshop" held on October 7, 2018. All of the lines were taken from the September 2017 Volume of Poetry Magazine. Some punctuation was changed. Citations follow the poem.
Dear woman, I read your essay:
Didn't like writers. Didn't like leftists...
With your wild wings bewildering a cage or
the brain - but you cannot get up off those knees.
We're getting dressed to go plant new songs with words.
[i] Dorothea Lasky, “A fierce and violent opening” (Pg 519)
[ii] “Nocturne” by Javier Zamora (Pg 465)
[iii] Terrance Hayes, “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin” (Pg 475)
[iv] Elizabeth Metzger, “Inmate of Happiness'” (Pg 476)
[v] Joy Harjo, “Tobacco Origin Story, Because Tobacco Was a Gift Intended to Walk Alongside Us to the Stars” (Pg 495)