Monday, February 20, 2017

MORE RONDEAUS 2017

English 352, the Forms of Poetry class I teach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is up to the part of the semester where we talk about repeating forms.

Today, we talked about the rondeau. We looked at two famous examples of the form--Paul Laurence Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask" and "In Flanders Fields" by Lt. John McCrae.

Together, we wrote a semi-scandalous rondeau:

Behind Closed Doors: Apt 2B

Behind closed doors, the lovers lie
in tangled bed sheets, getting high
forgetting all their debts and cares
and acting like they're millionaires--
not caring if they live or die.

Between the sheets, they are not shy:
there's nothing that these two won't try.
They act as if their life's a dare
behind closed doors.

The neighbors hear their passion-cries
and aggravated, yell out "Why!"
"The noise these two make isn't fair--
for heaven's sake, there's kids out here!"
But they don't care, off in the sky
behind closed doors.

The next session, we'll have an in-class rondeau contest, with the results to be posted here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Learning to Cope Poetry Prize Seeks Entries

Relaunching the Rondeau Roundup Blog with the Learning to Cope Poetry Prize!
http://therondeauroundup.blogspot.com

The Rondeau Roundup blog is having a contest for the best poem in the Rondeau Redouble  form!  Our inspiration is the classic poem in the form by Wendy Cope:

https://genius.com/Wendy-cope-rondeau-redouble-annotated

Deadline: submitted by April 3, 2017.

Contest Rules:

Only one rondeau redouble may be submitted per person. No entry fee. Top five poems will be published on the blog (therondeauroundup.blogspot.com). The first place rondeau redouble will also receive a $100 gift card from Barnes and Noble.

For this contest, I'm looking for rondeau redoubles that follow the set rhyme scheme, as given at 


http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/1382-rondeau-family-of-forms-includingtrioletvillanelle/


Examples of the form: 

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/sophie_hannah/poems/22453
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44836
https://anthonywilsonpoetry.com/2016/10/02/from-the-archives-rondeau-redouble-by-dorothy-nimmo/

No other poetic form will be accepted for this contest. 




Rondeau Redoubles inspired by themes found in the poems of Wendy Cope particularly welcome.

To enter, send a single rondeau redouble

rondeauroundupATgmailDOTcom (replace AT with @) by April 3, 2017.

Winners will be announced on the Rondeau Roundup Blog on April 15, 2017


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Monday, March 7, 2016

New Rondeaus to Come!!!

The Rondeau Roundup is Back!!!!

New Rondeaus soon to be posted!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Roundup RELAUNCH 2014!!!!!

Relaunching the Rondeau Roundup Blog with the Kim Bridgford Contest in Poetry!
http://therondeauroundup.blogspot.com

The Rondeau Roundup blog is having a contest for the best rondeau inspired by the works of poet, mentor, and professor Kim Bridgford!

Information about Kim Bridgford:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Bridgford
http://www.stringpoet.com/2011/05/kim-bridgford/
http://authormark.com/artman2/publish/Innisfree15KIM_BRIDGFORD.shtml

Deadline: submitted by December 5, 2014.

Contest Rules:

Only one rondeau may be submitted per person. No entry fee. Top five rondeaus will be published on the blog (therondeauroundup.blogspot.com). The first place rondeau will also receive a $50 gift card from Barnes and Noble.

For this contest, I'm looking for rondeaus that follow the standard definition, as given on poets.org:

"The rondeau’s form is not difficult to recognize: as it is known and practiced today, it is composed of fifteen lines, eight to ten syllables each, divided stanzaically into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. The rentrement consists of the first few words or the entire first line of the first stanza, and it recurs as the last line of both the second and third stanzas. Two rhymes guide the music of the rondeau, whose rhyme scheme is as follows (R representing the refrain): aabba aabR aabbaR."

Examples of the form: "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

No other poetic form will be accepted for this contest. 
Non-rhyming rondeaus can be entered, but the blog moderator's preference is for rhymed and metered rondeaus.
Rondeaus inspired by themes found in the poems of Kim Bridgford particularly welcome.

To enter, send a single rondeau inspired by the works of Kim Bridgford to

rondeauroundupATgmailDOTcom (replace AT with @) by December 5, 2014.

Winners will be announced on the Rondeau Roundup Blog on December 15, 2014.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rondeau Contest Winner: Spring 2013

Here's another contest winner from the Forms of Poetry class:


The river and the sea

Why mother ocean do you fight,
With father river on this night?
Such a pair do you both make,
Your true feelings you cannot fake.
You should be holding each other tight.

You both protected me with your might,
Keeping me safely out of sight.
Comforting me on the nights I lay awake,
The river and the sea

Do you remember when I wore my gown of white?
And how we thought it would be all right.
Now I live in constant heartache;
I could not bear it if you made my mistake.
So I shall help you protect your loving light.
The river and the sea.


Amber Keener

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rondeau Contest Winner: Spring 2013 edition

Here's another winning rondeau from the SIU English Dept's "Forms of Poetry" class:



Night of Wonder

I take a breath of the night air
in a night gown, in a chair.
Beneath me, the dog lies still.
The heat lasts as long as it wills.
Soaking up sounds; just to be there.

I wonder if he has his feet bare
under the stars and has mussed hair.
Or looking out by the window sill.
I take a breath.

Dreamily the grin’s there, but where
is his mind? I don’t know with care.
Is it with flowers on the hill?
Is it here with me and the thrill?
I shall not ever ask or dare.
I just take a breath…


Alyx Morgan

Poems from English 352: Spring 2013 edition

Every time I have the honor of teaching Forms of Poetry at my university, I run an in-class rondeau contest. Here is one of the winning poems from today's rondeau battle:


Lose Ourselves

We lose ourselves inside the night,
Understanding only from neon lights.
Communicating with bar room ghosts
Doesn't leave you white as a post.
An easy win, because you don't fight.

The light that shines from you is bright.
Yours is one that diminishes fright.
I know that you would not boast.
We lose ourselves.

I am trying to stay out of your sight
because to you, I am the blight.
I want to be with you the most
because your spell has me lost
And now I am unaware of what's right.
We lose ourselves.


Amanda O' Connor