I really need to get to submissions this weekend. (Didn’t I say that last week? Groan.) I do get inspiration from a group of poets/writers on Facebook started by Laura E. Davis called Submission Bombers. We share market suggestions, “bomb” markets together, and celebrate when one of us gets a long-awaited acceptance.
This week, Laura started a string asking, “What’s the first line of the newest thing you’ve written?” As group members added lines, a few people said, “Someone should write a poem from all of these lines!” I took that as a challenge, and although it is not a pure cento (I added connective tissue, added simple words, and truncated some lines), it is a collaborative work. It is very rough, but, like putting together a puzzle, certain pieces fit right away and a few are not set tight in their places. So, here is a rough draft with lines from the following poets/writers:
Laura E. Davis, Dakota Grilli, Jessica Trimbath, Damilola Michael Aderibigbe, Nicole Bartley, JoAnn Anglin, Kelly Egan, Robert Kendrick, Joseph Harker, Teresa Narey, Angele Ellis, Kelly Nittel, Kelly McQuain, Julia Bouwsma, Maryann Ullmann, Cathy Barber, & Gary Glauber