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The Cento for September 12, 2023

During every First Tuesdays open mic, we communally compose a cento using language taken from each open-mic reader’s offering. On September 12, 2023, those readers were: Peter Marra, Liz Gray (reading Robert Duncan), Nicole Woods, David Siller, Dan Fleshler, Herb Rubenstein, Andrew Dick & Adam Watson, Henry Sussman, Shams A. Momin, Ayo Inerhunwunwa, Amanda, Monija Rahman, Lily Georgick.

Whirling Dervish Brushstrokes


Dirt diaries of ordinary days:
No, I didn’t dream of that city


The bounties of the nightingale’s remorse:
there’s only ever the moonlight.


Take account of my soul.
Look up from the circle jerk of imperial acquisition.


You are nothing but dead skin cells.
Their tongues have a penchant for jabbing.


I am lost in these fucking vines,
a suited man coming out of the ashes.


Like every fierce lady whose name ends in a,
we didn’t talk, but we met.

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