ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.
I am learning to abandon the world
before it can abandon me.
Already I have given up the moon ...
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done...
I close my eyes like a good little boy at night in bed,
as I was told to do by my mother when she lived,
and before bed I brush my teeth and slip on my pajamas, ...
I dreamed that I was old: in stale declension
Fallen from my prime, when company
Was mine, cat-nimbleness, and green invention, ...
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading - treading - till it seemed...
I find no peace, and all my war is done.
I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.
I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise; ...
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, ...
I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air -...
in the world’s black night ...
I sit and sew—a useless task it seems,
My hands grown tired, my head weighed down with dreams—
The panoply of war, the martial tred of men,...
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