Maria L. Berg created “Repent” from More Fairy Stories Every Child Should Know, edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora Archibald Smith (1907). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Maria L. Berg writes:

To create “Repent,” I collected questions, the beginnings of phrases that began with “if,” and phrases that began with “but” from the entire text of More Fairy Stories Every Child Should Know. I have been studying the volta and different types of poetic turns, which informed my interest in these kinds of phrases. From reading previous collections of Heron Tree, I became interested in putting my found poetry into poetic form and found the quatern worked well with my ideas.