Two reconstructed centos

I have played tennis with so many animals, wired minefield in a carousel-sweet dress sleepily indifferent. How fibrous and incidental it seems. A hundred times consider what you've said: the pungent oranges and bright, green wings, something offensive: a revolver, in our hearts, learn to petrify it so, you have lived and lived on every kind of shortage paper, sacks stuffed full of orange. Sharks are people too.

(reconstructed from verses of Dorothea Lasky, Ciaran Carson, Simone Muench, William Carlos Williams, Sarah Gambito, Nicolas Boileau, Kwame Daves, Wallace Stevens, Tina Chang, Ada Limon) tweeted by Danielle Pafunda on

The places cats won't go. The climbing out onto the banks. The naked man. Then the terrible thing happened. The pilot alone knows, that I, just ten, became the mystery of sad beds wide enough for planting not April and the magnolias, the chill of closed eyelids, the whole cathedral crash at your back, just jars of buttons spilled, recurring. Were the scissors impulsive or inevitable? Appear to the Americans upon the cloudy night. When my eye nearly failed because the continent was clothed in trees. Old brain inside the new brain, inside the skull. Because I killed a snake the day she was born. The trick is to make it personal.

(Reconstructed from verses of Catie Rosemurgy, Red Hawk, Andrew Joron, Mike Carson, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, James Schuyler, Marina Tsvetaeva, Kamau Brathwaite, Dean Young, Sherman Alexie, William Carlos Williams, Mark Doty, Phillip Levine, Anne Tardos, Ai, Khaled Mattawa, tweeted by Danielle Pafunda on


Danielle said…
Hi, Rita,

Thank you so much for your interest in the cento contest! If you'd like to enter, please visit the blog at: and follow the entry instructions.

Please note, we're thrilled to have entries from around the globe, but because of postal costs and the need to track packages to their final destination, the prize books can only be sent to a US or Canadian address.

Again, many thanks,
dahl said…
Thank you Danielle for your reply! I am new user of Twitter, that caused most of my problems. But I see that the poems finally found their way to your blog, that is fine. And yes, I read the rules regarding posting the books for winners, but let´s see the results of judging first. ;)

Anyway, thank you for this brilliant idea and experiment. It was great fun for brain and your quotations were all marvellous.

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