Oulipost #1: Quote Cento







Digital Welcome Mats


The idea of sharing in the old days was

Come over to my house

and look at my slideshow, and now

it’s all posted online. It’s trying to get past this laundry list

approach to advertising the destination—


Come here because we have this,

this, this and this

and that may not mean anything

to anybody. What do you take home?

…mostly, it’s stories.


We’re trying to find touchpoints

to interact with, to reach

and to influence potential visitors.

We can get people to stay in our hotels

and do attractions there


and do attractions here.

The visitors really don’t care

about this border.

I wouldn’t mind seeing them

livening that up a little bit.


[ Source: Beilman, Elizabeth. “Southern Indiana tourism group plans more social media push.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 1 April 2014.  ]


National Poetry Month has begun, and today’s Oulipost prompt was a quote cento. Here’s the prompt, quoted from the Found Poetry Review blog:

When composing a cento, poets take lines from existing poems (traditionally without any alterations) and patch them together to form a new poem. Today, create a cento using only quotes referenced in newspaper articles. For example, if a newspaper article contained the line “It was a tragedy,” commented Detective Smith, the line, “It was a tragedy,” would be available for you to use in your poem. While you can’t change anything within the quotes themselves, you may choose to break a longer quote in half or use just part of a quote as needed.


  • Purist? Challenge yourself to write your cento using only complete quotes (sentences) as they appear in your articles.
  • Add an additional constraint by challenging yourself to use only quotes sourced from a single article, single newspaper page or single newspaper section.

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.



Filed under Oulipost, Poetry

2 responses to “Oulipost #1: Quote Cento

  1. Nancy Chen Long

    Jody–this is great! I love the title.

  2. Pingback: Oulipost Round-Up | Choose Your Own Adventure

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