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rus bowden
post Apr 18 10, 17:45
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The Chronicle's National Poetry Month Contest

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"In honor of National Poetry Month, The Chronicle is holding a very brief poetry contest. Write a poem that is inspired in some way by any element of John Keats's 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer'--by a phrase, a memory his poem prompts, his reference to a new planet, a modern-day parallel you spot, anything. Just keep your poem to no more than 28 lines (twice what Keats needed, after all).

"We'll post submissions here. And for the April 30 issue we'll choose one poem, or perhaps several, to publish in print and online. Anyone is welcome to contribute, so let your colleagues, students, and poet friends know.

"You'll have to work fast, though, because the deadline for submission is April 20 at dawn. E-mail your poem to lawrence.biemiller@chronicle.com, with 'Poetry contest' in the subject line."

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On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific--and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise--
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

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Larry
post Apr 21 10, 10:33
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Hi Rus,

Just wanted to let you know I wrote a poem for this contest and it was posted for a little over a day until I went to the site and read the "fine print" about submitted poetry/prose. I don't know if this is a standard newspaper thing but I was shocked with what the lawyers for the paper came up with. I emailed Lawrence, the contact at the Chronicle, and had him take my poem off the site. I don't give that kind of power over what I create to anyone; especially a "perpetual right". Here is a copy of that bit of lawyer-ese:

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The fine print: By submitting your poem to The Chronicle of Higher Education, you agree that The Chronicle may consider your poem for publication; if your poem is chosen, you agree to give The Chronicle of Higher Education a perpetual, worldwide, nonexclusive right to copy, display, publish and use the poem, in print or online, without further obligation to you. In addition, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author and owner of all rights in and to the poem, and that the poem is original and does not infringe upon any statutory copyright or any common law right or proprietary right of any individual or organization.


The underlined part (I did that) was the crux of my concern. Don't know if you saw or read that part and if not, wanted to give you the heads-up. Here is the poem I submitted; hope you like it. I utilized the same sonnet format and rhyme scheme used by Keats.


Apollo's Weavers

Though bound with Time’s strong hands and Fate’s caprice,
I wandered through antiquities’ domain
while lost within the lines of sweet refrain.
Adventures, shared in contemplative peace,
are gifts to eye and mind without surcease.
Those moldering in graves and crypts would deign
to have me at their side ere they were lain
on flowered bier. With words, they can release
tight fetters, lending thoughts quilled wings for flight
into the shadows of disheveled time.
With missives writ, my memories bedight
in silken phrase and sonnet’s structured rhyme.
Their panoply of vistas, apposite…
weave tapestries of life; serene, sublime.

Larry



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post Apr 23 10, 03:44
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Hi Larry - just to let you know that someone has not only read, but enjoyed, Apollo's Weavers. Your talent for poetry is, as I'm sure you are aware, far above the norm for online poetry groups.
I was particularly impressed by -

lending thoughts quilled wings for flight
into the shadows of disheveled time.
With missives writ, my memories bedight

Even so, I've had some trouble with, 'bedight'. Neither Encarta, nor The Cambridge dictionaries can give me a definition. Can you supply me with one, please? I do so love a new word.

A few thoughts about that contract.
The Chronicle does, indeed, seem to be asking for the right to publish any Winning Poem in perpetuity.
On the other hand, they are not annexing the sole and exclusive right publish it.
Their use of the word nonexclusive seems to mean that other publishers, with your permission,will be able to publish it too.
Because they are the originators of the comp. and particularly if they are offering a prize, it seems only fair that they should have the, 'non exclusive' right to publish it, whenever they wish to do so.
Had you not been tempted by their competition, is it possible that your poem would not have existed?
Or was it one that you had, 'prepared earlier' to quote the TV chefs?

Anyway, it certainly deserves a wider audience.
Leo


"you agree to give The Chronicle of Higher Education a perpetual, worldwide, nonexclusive right to copy, display, publish and use the poem, in print or online, without further obligation to you.
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post Apr 23 10, 16:00
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Hi Leo,

Have you never read Poe's "Eldorado"? Here is a link to: Eldorado. In answer to your question about "pre-written" poems. No, this was done when I found out about the contest. To be honest, I've never read Chapman's translation of Homer but I have read a lot of Keats. If he had posted his poem on MM, I'd have had to call him on L12 for the extra syl and his "seen"/"been" end rhyme in L2&3.

The word "bedight" is, from what I can find, Old English and the root word "dight" means to dress or to adorn somebody/something.

Now to the "Contest". As far as I can tell, there was no prize other than getting ones poetry posted on their website. Heck, I can do that here without a contest. My major problem was that word "perpetual". That is way too long to give anyone, even if their only intent was to post it on their site. I don't care about the non-exclusive bit. I have a running chain of mail to the Library of Congress with copyright paperwork to make sure "I" have perpetual control over my poetry.

Thank you for your kind words about my poem. I was thinking of posting it in the crits forum but I need to give a little more feedback to others' work. Think I'm falling behind on the two for one.

Thanks for stopping in for a read.

Larry


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When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy



Kindness is a seed sown by the gentlest hand, growing care's flowers.
Larry D. Jennings

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