The poem N, from Opera Et Cetera by Ciaran Carson, implores the reader to "Wake up" to listen to the poem. Wake Forest University Press is also also asking you to wake up, but we want to listen to your poetry. We are now taking submissions to the Wake Up to Poetry contest! This event is in celebration of National Poetry Month (April). Three winners will be chosen and there are fabulous prizes including: cash, books, and publication in the campus magazine 3 to 4 ounces. It is open to all students and poems should be emailed to wfupress.wfu.edu by March 6th.
Wake up Wake Forest students and dazzle us with your verse!
And without further ado...
I am a dash or a void. It's up to you to make me up.
You, the reader! I have some tales to tell you, and
the night is but a pup.
I was Nemo once, a kind of Prospero. When I imbibed
a bit of Bob,
My Nameless One became His Nibs, an eponymous
Of course, my nadirs have been various: Electric Ray
For example. He was really nesh. Those jokes about
the actress and the Bish?
Still, I am a nebula: my lives illuminate their
Innumerable stars gaze down at you, as if they really
You mean you smoked a bit of dope? The names of
things have gone all AWOL?
Listen to me. Nemo is not a nobody. And Nautilus
is not a narwhal.