"There's not much doubt in any of our minds that no complete idea springs fully formed from our brow,
needing only a handshake and a signature on the contract to send it off into the world to make twenty-five billion dollars.
The germ of the idea grows slowly..." - Walt Kelly

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fruit cento

Day 25: Write a cento - a 10-line poem that borrows one line each from 10 other poems. My sources, in order, are Rachel Contreni Flynn, Tom Hansen, Grace Schulman, Frank O'Hara, Amy Clampitt, Carl Phillips, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Billy Collins and Brigit Pegeen Kelly.

If light pours like water
chilled from overnight cold,
let a loose apple teach me how to spin
a color: orange. I write a line
of living matter, sown and tended by women,
or as bees would, if they weren't
all aluminum and curves. Inside,
it's the mangoes, avocados
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.
How many ladders to gather an orchard?

Playing on my iTunes at this very moment:
Black Keys, Everlasting Light

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