Friday, January 18, 2008

Poetry Friday: Two Centos

I decided to do a little literary exercise this week. I thought I’d try writing a modified cento using book titles as suggested by Tricia in her Monday Poetry Stretch at The Miss Rumphius Effect. I’ve written two centos using the titles of children’s poetry books that I have in my personal collection.

Read Tricia’s Book Title Cento and Laura Purdie Salas’s cento, Why I’m Crazy. Laura also used the titles of poetry books.

by Elaine Magliaro

Hear the Joyful Noise
Our Fine Feathered Friends
Are Whistling the Morning In!


1. Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
2. Fine Feathered Friends by Jane Yolen
3. Whistling the Morning In by Lillian Morrison

by Elaine Magliaro

Hey, You!
Come with Me
Down Rhythm Road.
Dance with Me
To the Street Music
Under a Lemonade Sun
Past Sam’s Place
Past The Ice Cream Store
Past the Worlds I Know
To Where the Sidewalk Ends.
We’ll go Tap Dancing on the Roof
And Knee-Deep in Blazing Snow.

Hey, You!
Come with Me
Out in the Dark and Daylight.
Dance with Me.
I’ve been Waiting to Waltz
In the Middle of the Trees
Under the Sunday Tree

Through Shades of Green
Through The Singing Green
Into the Night Garden.

Hey, You!
Come with Me.

Listen to your Inner Chimes
To Voices on the Wind
To Sweet Dreams of the Wild.
Dance with Me
Where Everything Glistens and Everything Sings
Where The Night Rainbow shimmers in the air.

Hey, You!
Come with Me
To the Moon and Back.
Dance with Me
To The Sound of Poetry
‘Til All the Stars Have Fallen.

The Sky Is Not So Far Away.
Come with Me!


1. Hey, You! selected by Paul Janeczko
2. Come with Me by Naomi Shihab Nye
3. Rhythm Road selected by Lillian Morrison
4. Dance with Me by Barbara Juster Esbensen
5. Street Music by Arnold Adoff
6. Lemonade Sun by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
7. Sam’s Place by Lilian Moore
8. The Ice Cream Store by Dennis Lee
9. Worlds I Know by Myra Cohn Livingston
10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
11. Tap Dancing on the Roof by Linda Sue Park
12. And Knee-Deep in Blazing Snow by James Hayford (Chosen by X. J. & Dorothy Kennedy)

13. Hey, You! selected by Paul Janeczko
14. Come with Me by Naomi Shihab Nye
15. Out in the Dark and Daylight by Aileen Fisher
16. Dance with Me by Barbara Juster Esbensen
17. Waiting to Waltz by Cynthia Rylant
18. In the Middle of the Trees by Karla Kuskin
19. Under the Sunday Tree by Eloise Greenfield
20. Through Shades of Green compiled by Anne Harvey
21. The Singing Green by Eve Merriam
22. Night Garden by Janet Wong

23. Hey, You! selected by Paul Janeczko
24. Come with Me by Naomi Shihab Nye
25. Inner Chimes selected by Bobbye Goldstein
26. Voices on the Wind selected by david Booth
27. Sweet Dreams of the Wild by Rebecca kai Dotlich
28. Dance with Me by Barbara Juster Esbensen
29. Everything Glistens and Everything Sings by Charlotte Zolotow
30. Night Rainbow by Barbara Juster Esbensen

31. Hey, You! selected by Paul Janeczko
32. Come with Me by Naomi Shihab Nye
33. To the Moon and Back compiled by Nancy Larrick
34. Dance with Me by Barbara Juster Esbensen
35. The Sound of Poetry compiled by Mary C. Austin and Queenie B. Mills
36. ‘Til All the Stars Have Fallen selected by David Booth

37. The Sky Is Not So Far Away by Margaret Hillert
38. Come with Me by Naomi Shihab Nye

Becky has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Farm School this week.


Tricia said...

I love the haiku, partly because it uses books I love, and partly because the words are the perfect morning song. The second is a lovely invitation to poetry. It has introduced me to some new titles that I must now seek out!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Now, that's just impressive. These are fun to read (I've read a few other bloggers' this morning).

Jules, 7-Imp

tanita✿davis said...

WHAT FUN!!!!! That's amazing!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Tricia, Jules, Tadmack--

It really was fun writing the poems yesterday! Fortunately, I own many hundreds of children's poetry books--so I had lots of titles from which to select lines for my centos.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

These are great! I am impressed with your library as much as I am with your poems.

Anonymous said...

That totally rocks, Elaine. I was skeptical about the haiku being able to work - until I read it! And the longer cento is gorgeous. Well done, you!

Charlotte said...

What a fun poetry book poem! It would be a great thing to post on the shelf end of a library poetry section...

Becky said...

What fun! And what an amazing job, Elaine. The first is lovely, and I loved reading the second and seeing how many titles I recognized. And the ones I didn't will be interlibrary loan inspiration for the next while!

laurasalas said...

Wow! These are terrific, Elaine. I do love the haiku, but I love the second one even more. Great repetition. It's just beautiful!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Cloudscome, Kelly, Charlotte, Becky, and Laura--

Sorry that it's taken me so long to respond to your comments. I pulled a muscle in my back a few days ago and found it uncomfortable sitting at the computer yesterday.

I enjoyed working on this poetry stretch. I had done a couple of centos before--one using just the titles of kidlit blogs. The haiku cento really wrote itself. I like the use of repetition in children's poems that don't rhyme. I like the way it adds to the rhythm of a piece.

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