academic roadblocks

academic roadblocks

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

academic roadblocks




studious faces

learned lines of opportunity

or age


street smart willingness to gather

information boulevards and U-Turns

of effort


belief in the words strewn

about in lecture halls

a deterioration of logic

of life


testaments are written in blood

printers gouge out textbooks in fools gold letters

and we fracture our minds

bowing so low to the hand-me-down


of what so many before have read,

digested and regurgitated


studious faces

become sullen safaris searching

solace with time spent


doing the undone

undoing the done

and shutting off the dim light absorption


to start over


but nonetheless



to explore new avenues.






© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto

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I grew up in a religious household, though I not longer adhere to the teachings of that world. I can very much attribute these words to countless experiences and issues I have carried on into adulthood. I know religion wasn't necessarily the target here, but it certainly sparked a few fuses for me.

I may have to read each of your poems five or six times before I feel I've dissected it enough to move on to the next, but it's been worth it so far...

Posted 7 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

7 Months Ago

I am glad you found a way to relate to this piece, and the poem appreciates your visit since it has .. read more
Great thoughts. I have read lately some very negative things about postmodern academia and today's young students. Not sure what to believe?

As an aside: Your name reminds me of a friend by the name of Tim Santiago, originally from NYC. His father was Puerto-Rican and his mother was Irish. Tim is a great musician and a charismatic personality.
All the best,

Posted 8 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

8 Months Ago

thank you for your words, Tom...and yes, I am worried about what is going on in academia, more
I guess so many go through the academic process for the certificate and don't really learn or use the opportunity to think for themselves. It becomes a flat and sterile object of remembering and regurgitating. I guess a tutor who challenges is always good. So many also only play the numbers game. As always you provide food for thought in a flowing piece Jacob.

Posted 8 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

8 Months Ago

thank you for your kind words, John...i really try to push buttons for discussion so students will t.. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

8 Months Ago

I spent many lectures trying to get a couple of my tutors to think outside that same box lol. Didn't.. read more

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Added on February 5, 2019
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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..