The American Scholar's Next Line, Please contest continues with a crowd-sourced five-line acrostic poem. Here's how David Lehman introduced the contest:
We are going to write an acrostic based on an epigraph. The poem will have five lines when complete. The first letters of the lines, read vertically, shall spell out “Waldo,” the middle name of the man who wrote the essay from which this distinguished journal takes it name. That’s the acrostic part. The poem’s epigraph is from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”: “I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim.”
Lehman invited readers to submit a line beginning with the letter “W” that relates in some fruitful way to the quotation from “Self-Reliance,” a "magnificent essay that bears rereading every year."
Today the America Scholar revealed the winning line:
Write what you think; walk what you write. [Berwyn Moore]
Find out more about the entrees and enter your best second line over at the American Scholar.