Rondeau (3rd place): "Curriculum"

The third-place finisher in Comment's poetry contest; the 2009 form was: rondeau.

Appears in Fall 2009 Issue: Making the most of college (fourth annual)
September 1 st 2009

Examine life. Forget the grade
forget the promises you've made
to study useful things, and hear
the distant voices, whispered clear
a moment now, before they fade.

There's time, later, to learn a trade.
Be like those wanderers who strayed
away from roads others revere:
examine life.

And listen to the serenade
that other, wiser heads forbade:
seek out the unexplored frontier
before the time can disappear
then, looking back, now unafraid
examine life.

 

W.F. Lantry received his Licence and Maîtrise from L'Université de Nice, M.A. in English from Boston University and Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He is the recipient of the Paris/Atlantic Young Writers Award. In 2010 CutBank awarded him the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry and the UMB William Joiner Center named him a finalist for the Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Prairie Fire, Ellipsis, Unsplendid, Istanbul Literary Review and Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies. He spent twenty years as a professor of English and now serves as the Director of Academic Technology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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