Writing Prompt Pit Stop: PoMoSco #6 First in Line

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! Day #6 of National Poetry Month brings us to a PoMoSco challenge using the first lines of a collection of one poet. My poem, “Odd: A Scarecrow in the City,” can be read here.

I chose to use the collection, White As Silver (Cervena Barva Press 2010), which is a collection from the late poet, Rane Arroyo. Rane was a friend, and partner to my dear friend, Glenn Sheldon. I’ve always loved Rane’s poems and this prompt gave me a chance, in my busy schedule, to revisit his work again. If you’re not familiar with his work, I suggest that you look him up!

Here is the Day 6 prompt, First in Line:

Choose a published collection of poems by a single poet. Copy down the first line of each poem in the collection. Craft a poem using select lines from your list — you must keep the wording of the original lines intact, but may make alterations to elements like line breaks, punctuation and capitalization. The challenge with this form (often called a cento) is to use another poet’s lines to create a piece that sounds like YOUR voice.

For an example of a poem created using the first lines of other texts, check out Alex MacDonald’s “Free Verse Cento”: http://campus.poetryschool.com/free-verse-cento/

Credit your source collection and specific poems excerpted at the bottom of your post.

The Found Poetry Review. PoMoSco. Prompt 6. 6 Apr 2015.

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