Monday, May 17, 2010

Collage 63

Lola Baltzell
from page 133-134 of original text
collage and acrylic on paper
made on 4-9-10

These fragments I have shored against my ruins --
The cosmos works by harmony of tensions, like the lyre and bow
And so it was I entered the broken world
Turning shadow into transient beauty
Once upon a time, we knew the world from birth

This is from "Finding Beauty in a Broken World" by Terry Tempest Williams. I think it is a cento, a collage-poem composed of lines lifted from other sources. The first line is definitely TS Eliot. A cento often uses lines, though not always, from great poets of the past. In Latin the word cento means "patchwork" and the verse form resembles a quilt of discrete lines stitched together to make a whole. The word cento is also Italian for "one hundred", and some mosaic poems consist of exactly 100 lines culled by one poet from the work of another to pay tribute to him or her.

So we have just completed our own "cento". -- Lola

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