Week of May 30, 2010
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Calling poets! Comment's second-annual "Making the most of college" poetry contest runs now till July 1st, 2010:
How does a 21st-century education lead you to respond to a 19th-century visionary? Write a sonnet which interacts in some way with Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias"—a refutation? an update? a round of applause? Imagine the poem afresh for university students 2010-11.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st. First-place winner takes $100 CDN and the p. 1 poem in our Fall 2010 print issue. Second- and third-place runners-up also get published later in the Fall issue. Enter today!
. . . NorthPoint EPC in Boston has produced a series of five panel discussions with expert Christians in their fields of the Arts, Business, Media, Politics and the Sciences since the start of 2010. Each discussion is a video just under one hour, made for broadcast on local access television. They can be viewed online by clicking on the topics below:
Politics - featuring Comment editor Gideon Strauss
. . . And Comment artist Gerrit Verstraete is writing on his experiences going back to school at age 65. His blog makes captivating reading for students old and young, as he chronicles his graduate studies in Communication and Technology. Look for his sidebar in the Fall 2010 Comment, but in the meantime, check his blog: backtoschoolat65.blogspot.com.