Cento – after WG Sebald’s ‘Rings of Saturn’

Form for All: Collage and the Art of the Cento

Samuel Peralta:

“A collage is an artistic technique, whereby a piece of artwork is assembled from fragments of art from numerous sources, creating a new whole.”

Here is my collage taken from WG Sebald’s “Rings of Saturn”.

1
I set off to walk in the hope of dispelling the emptiness…
under the sign of the Dog Star…

2
the colourless patch of sky
framed in the window,
a reality I feared had vanished forever
draped with black netting

3
the body is open to contemplation
this hand is most peculiar
Rembrant’s picture
proves on closer examination
more apparent then real
a transposition taken
from the anatomical atlas…

4
the white mist
clouds our brain

5
a grey, overcast day
soot up to the windows
the few passengers
sat in half light
facing the engine
so silent

6
From the footpath that runs
along grassy dunes
I have often found
tent-like shelters
along the pebble beach.
Out on the leaden-coloured sea
a sailing boat kept me company
motionless

7
i went to the edge of the cliff,
I was standing on perforated ground,
as it were, which might have given way
at any moment.

8
Far off in front of me
the rain clouds dispersed…

9
Darkness was falling
only the lighthouse…
still caught the last luminous rays…

10
Footsore and weary
I sat…

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23 thoughts on “Cento – after WG Sebald’s ‘Rings of Saturn’

  1. So well done – especially –

    From the footpath that runs
    along grassy dunes
    I have often found
    tent-like shelters
    along the pebble beach.
    Out on the leaden-coloured sea
    a sailing boat kept me company
    motionless

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