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The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems

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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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Red Hen Press
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Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this book. The cento is one of my favorite forms and I also have a piece in this collection. Unfortunately, I found the poems to be very uneven and often uninteresting. Theresa Malphrus Welford, the editor, has done a lot of work putting this book together and she is to be commended for that. Indeed, her poem, "Fatima," collaged from Diana Abu-Jaber's excellent novel Arabian Jazz, is an excellent example of how a cento can be seamless and compelling:

It's terrible to
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Theresa Malphrus Welford, editor
The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems

(Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press, 2011)

By Chloe Yelena Miller

"The Cento" was reviewed in The Literary Review
"Loss Control" Fall 2012, The Shortlist

The Cento is an anthology of poems that combine place, voice, and authorship to carry the reader away from familiar beginnings. Most of the poems repurpose, rewrite, and reorganize an original document, whether it’s a piece by a well-known poet or prose write
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