Buffy at Buffy Silverman is hosting Poetry Friday today. I was excited to see beautiful lady slipper s on her blog and notice of her new book this fall. How exciting.
I recently had the fun opportunity to participate in Spark 51. I asked Linda Mitchell to partner with me on the project. Since we both wanted to send each other an art inspiration piece and a poem inspiration piece, we ended up with four projects. LOL! Today I'm sharing my response to Linda's art inspiration piece. It provided me with the opportunity to delve into Amanda Gorman's Call Us What We Carry for a cento poem.
A cento, a poem created of lines and phrases from other previously written poems like a collage. Like a collage, perfect for the mixed media collage that Linda sent me.
Penning a Letter
Penning a letter to the world as a daughter of it
We are walking beside our ancestors
Every time we fall heart-first into the news,
Life is not what is promised
The heart chambered by grief
Life, a page, we are only legible when opened to another
We rebuild, reconcile, and recover
We cannot possess hope without practicing it
Reading children’s books, dancing alone to a DJ music
We shall only learn when we let this loss, like us sing on & on ~
Call us what we carry
If only we’re brave enough to be it
©jone rush macculloch, 2022
The lines are from Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman, 2021:
1. “Ship’s Manifest
2. ”School’s Out”
7. “The Hill We Climb”
8. “Every Day We are Learning”
9. “The Miracle of Morning”
11. “Call Up”
12. “The Hill We Climb”
6/10/2022 03:40:35 am
I'm so glad you and Linda worked together. You both create inspiring collages. I'm a huge fan of Amanda Gorman's poetry. She inspires my students. This cento is put together in a wonderful and creative way. So many lines of wisdom, " We cannot possess hope without practicing it."
6/10/2022 07:51:43 am
Thank you. The writing of the poem happened right around the tragic events in Texas and I was so glad I had Amanda Gorman’s words for comfort.
6/10/2022 04:07:46 am
This was such a fun spark exchange. I love making things--but more for people I know. I saw that Time Magazine portrait of Amanda Gorman and thought--ah ha! I can turn that simple portrait into a celebration of words. I love how you did the same! Nice work, Jone!
6/10/2022 07:53:03 am
I loved working thigh you. Such a fun project.
6/10/2022 08:12:12 am
Jone and Linda, this is lovely. I didn't know of "cento poems" - always so much to learn about poetry. This feels a bit like the progressive poem. I will have to try some!
6/10/2022 03:52:46 pm
I wrote on Linda's page that now I wanted to see her collage and your poetic response--so glad to get that opportunity! Beautiful collages, in words and picture.
6/11/2022 06:53:32 am
Your poem feels so heartfelt, Jone, and with Linda's collage, a call from Amanda to be better in our lives. I, like others, love "We cannot possess hope without practicing it."
6/11/2022 11:21:17 pm
Jone, you and Linda make a wonderful partnership with your collage-poetry background. Your response to Linda's stunning collage is full of wisdom. representative of a collage format of words.
6/12/2022 05:04:21 am
You're right! A cento is the perfect kind of poem for a collage! Now I need to get busy and dive into Call Us What We Carry!
6/13/2022 05:37:27 am
I adore this collaboration (and Amanda Gorman!) :)
6/13/2022 07:40:30 am
What a beautiful cento and an inspiring collaboration! Thank you, Jone!
6/16/2022 10:35:36 pm
Jone, I love the idea of making a cento, or collage poem, to go with Linda's collage. Here's to Amanda Gorman and all the young people making the world a better place.
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