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bri·co·lage

 (brē′kō-läzh′, brĭk′ō-)
n.
Something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available: "Even the decor is a bricolage, a mix of this and that" (Los Angeles Times).

[French, from bricole, trifle, from Old French, catapult, from Old Italian briccola, of Germanic origin.]

bricolage

(ˈbrɪkəˌlɑːʒ; French brɪkɔlaʒ)
n
1. (Architecture) the jumbled effect produced by the close proximity of buildings from different periods and in different architectural styles
2. (Architecture) the deliberate creation of such an effect in certain modern developments: the post-modernist bricolage of the new shopping centre.
[French: odd jobs, do-it-yourself]
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The Collected Poems brings into focus all the elements of Berrigan's art: the dense bricolages of The Sonnets, the serial lyric reportage of "Tambourine Life" and "Things to Do in Providence," the domestic comedy of "Small Role Felicity" and "This Will Be Her Shining Hour," the eloquent sorrow of "Red Shift" and "A Certain Slant of Sunlight," the funny aphorisms and notations of the poems of "500 American Postcards." This volume lets one see Berrigan's movement into the possibilities of a poetic community: he begins on his own, reconstructing his early unsatisfactory poems with words lifted from elsewhere to make the rich and strange textures of The Sonnets.
Thus we are invited to contribute to the bricolages, to try our own hand at mapmaking, to transform our learning and writing and teaching.
Two untitled "bricolages" from 1969 exemplified Rama's practice of embedding objects such as glass eyes, human teeth, or animal claws into canvas, while Birnam's Presages, 1984, was a striking example of a whole subcategory of sculptural pieces made from the innards of bike tires.