|Swap Coordinator:||beckra (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Challenges Letters & Writing|
|Number of people in swap:||23|
|Last day to signup/drop:||June 30, 2007|
|Date items must be sent by:||August 6, 2007|
|Number of swap partners:||2|
A cento is a poem composed entirely of lines taken from already published poems by different authors. The word "cento" means "stitched," and you can think of a cento as a verbal quilt made up of fabric (=lines) from different sources, sewn together. For a longer description of the cento and two lovely examples, see http://thewordshop.tripod.com/cento.html
Let's try our hand at this poetic form that is part verbal collage and part homage!
Each participant will create a cento of at least 8 lines and will send it to 2 partners. Don't use an author more than once, alter nothing in the original lines except punctuation and capitalization, and make sure you include a key to your cento in which you list the authors, poems, and publications from which your lines are taken. Also include English translations in your key if some (or all) of your cento is in a language other than English.
How you present your cento is up to you: typed and printed, hand-written, composed out of letters clipped from magazines, or whatever feels right to you!
Fine print: 1) Newbies with completed profiles are welcome. 2) People with a rating below 4.7 will be dropped. 3) This is an international swap.
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