One is a digital collage of the second half of our Do the shells still hear poem. It contains many layers (and a few secrets)—using original photography, painting, and found-object collages as sources. (Collage by LL Barkat .)
The second piece is a traditional collage that incorporates paintings, cutouts, hand lettering, and even a sprig of lavender flowers. It is based on our poem Kindness, by Anya Silver. (Collage by Bethany R.) We absolutely love its colorful, beautiful spirit!
We hope you enjoyed these community collages!
What’s Next? October Poetry Club Prompt
For some extra fun, you’re invited to hand-letter your Cento poem, using a different style or color for each unique line you’ve gathered from another poet. Or, you could put each line on a different slip of paper and collage your poem together.
Here’s our sample, using three options for presentation:
Option 1 • Type Out Your Poem, Like This
Opening like a flower
the work fragile
night after night
in shadow patience
riveted to the secret
unable to speak—
it wasn’t enough, it wasn’t enough
Option 2 • Handwrite Your Poem with Varying Line Styles, Like This
Option 3 • Simple-Collage Your Handwritten Poem, Like this
Our “Barter” cento uses lines from Barter (Sara Teasdale), Bowl (Heather Swan), Nestament (Laurie Klein), Grey Gardens (Sarah Nichols), Sensei (Katrinka Moore), Boy and Egg (Naomi Shihab Nye), God of Rooms (Jean Valentine), We Were Missing a Present (Mahmoud Darwish)
How to Possibly Be Featured
Share your poem and/or photo of your poem with us by November 1, for possible feature here and at Every Day Poems in our next community post!