Book Review Cento
April 22, 2022
Book Review Cento: It Changes as the Day Does
Act 1, Scene 1/Enter woman,
With flowers standing on the balcony,
Heard a phoebe this morning—
You are in a beautiful language,
The subtle lilt in your speech,
A sound welling up through the throat,
Some flickers of nonsense remained,
Jewels in joy designed,
With all we’ve been taught to hope for.
A little turbulence just began…
I’m coming to find you
In flight from the land,
Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?
Last Sunday (4.17.22), the entire New York Times Book Review was devoted to poetry. I created the cento above with lines quoted in various reviews and poems. The issue is a beautifully curated selection of new poetry, plus a few recently re-published older works.
The Poetry Friday roundup is at Margaret Simon's blog, Reflections on the Teche.
Cento Sources: The New York Times Book Review (April 17, 2022). Title from Vinegar Hill, by Colm Toibin; 1. Woman, Eat Me Whole, by Ama Asantewa Diaka; 2. “In that life I would have dwelt,” by Yuri Burjak (translated from the Ukrainian by Nikolai Scherbak and Fiona Sampson); 3. Rapture and Melancholy: The Diaries of Edna St. Vincent Millay (edited by Daniel Mark Epstein); 4. Best Barbarian, by Roger Reeves; 5. Madness, by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué; 6. Now Do You Know Where You Are, by Dana Levin; 7. Continuous Creation, by Les Murray; 8. “The Convergence of the Twain—Lines on the Loss of the Titanic,” by Thomas Hardy; 9. Canopy, by Linda Gregerson; 10. Venice, by Ange Mlinko; 11. Cicada, by Phoebe Giannisi (translated from the Greek by Brian Sneeden); 12. Flight and Metamorphosis, by Nelly Sachs (translated from the German by Joshua Weiner with Linda B. Parshall); 13-14. Book of Questions, by Pablo Neruda (translated from the Spanish by Sara Lissa Paulson)
Photo: A shout-out to "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, with a fish crow playing the part of the raven.