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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2016-2017 competition.

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By Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in.
Sing back the moment you cherished breath.
Sing you home into yourself and back to reason....

By Rita Dove

We were dancing—it must have
been a foxtrot or a waltz,
something romantic but...

By Philip Freneau

Deep in a vale, a stranger now to arms,
Too poor to shine in courts, too proud to beg,
He, who once warred on Saratoga’s plains,...

By Grace Schulman

Hopper never painted this, but here   
on a snaky path his vision lingers:
...

By Christina Rossetti

“Oh where are you going with your love-locks flowing
   On the west wind blowing along this valley track?”
“The downhill path is easy, come with me an it please ye, ...

By May Swenson

It’s about                    Ball fits
the ball,                      mitt, but
the bat,                       not all                  ...

By George Gascoigne

“And if I did, what then?
Are you aggriev’d therefore?
The sea hath fish for every man, ...

By Eavan Boland

My mother died one summer—
the wettest in the records of the state.
Crops rotted in the west. ...

By Wallace Stevens

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness ...

By Eisder Mosquera

Angelfish perturb
the area
around pink gauze,...

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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion