V is for Vocation by Jennifer Habel

A Process Note

All of the statements in this cento come from the autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Late in the composition process, I had the idea of utilizing the Track Changes option in Word to dramatize tensions in Thérèse’s thinking and self-conception. In recent years I’ve written a number of centos, and nearly every one has required that I make a formal leap. I’m wondering why.



Jennifer Habel is the author of Good Reason, winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition. Her poems have appeared in The Believer, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, The Sewanee Review, and elsewhere.