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Comment launches 2010 poetry contest

July 1, 2010: Our poetry contest is now closed. Look for the winners in the Fall 2010 issue! All participants will be contacted near the end of July 2010.

Calling poets! Comment Magazine‘s second-annual “Making the most of college” poetry contest runs until July 1st, 2010.

The question: 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.

Eligibility: open to all (not only students)

File Formats: please submit as Word .DOC attachments

Multiple entries allowed: yes, limit of two

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.