Descending Book Spine Cento Ends in Blood

cnto1Descending Book Spine Cento Ends in Blood

Behind the beautiful forevers,
blinking with fists
the sun came down,
sailing alone around the room,
raising the dead,
parading through history.
Spirits, light and dark,
counting coup and cutting horses:

killing Custer.

Perma Red,
winter in the blood.

Brenda Warren 2013

Process Notes: My poet friend Richard Walker, Sadly Waiting for Recess, shared the idea of a book spine cento. In a cento you use lines or titles from another work(or in this case, book spine titles) as the lines in a poem. This is my third attempt. It was fun to pull out books and play with the titles. I am currently reading the top book on the stack.

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