Poem 3: Only lines from Mary Oliver, Kenneth Koch & Li Po

Poetry by Andrew Gibson and Zebulon Huset

Screen shot used to preserve formatting. Image links to accessible Google doc.


Two centos by Andrew Gibson and Zebulon Huset

[Note: The Exquisite Cento Project is a collaborative writing project in which two poets work with predetermined source material and the ‘exquisite corpse’ poetic technique of composing a poem with each participant writing alternating lines without being able to see the poem’s previous lines. The combination of the two poetic techniques gives us the project’s name and creates unexpected juxtapositions and serendipitous fluidity, often unearthing a poetic dialogue within the unconscious collaboration of poets. The poems either use the project’s standard template of selecting lines from a predetermined source of two poets and the script for a movie, or are more freeform and include more varied sources including popular songs, movie reviews, only poets and many others. While some lines were omitted from the final results, aside from capitalization and punctuation, no lines were altered from their sources. Both are from 2019.]

Andrew Gibson studied creative writing at North Carolina Central University and works as a teacher. His work has appeared in The Collidescope and is forthcoming at Always Crashing.

Zebulon Huset is a teacher, writer and photographer living in San Diego. His writing has recently appeared in Meridian, The Southern Review, Fence, Atlanta Review, Texas Review among others and he won the 2020 Gulf Stream Summer Poetry Contest. He publishes the writing blog Notebooking Daily, edits the literary journals Coastal Shelf and Sparked and recommends literary magazines at The Submission Wizard.

Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash

*We used screenshots of this poem to preserve its formatting. For an accessible version, please email randomproseeditor@gmail.com.

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