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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 B. H. Fairchild

Elliot Ray Neiderland, home from college   
one winter, hauling a load of Herefords   
from Hogtown to Guymon with a pint of   ...

By Margaret Atwood

In that country the animals
have the faces of people:

By Josephine Jacobsen

At night, alone, the animals came and shone.
The darkness whirled but silent shone the animals:   
The lion the man the calf the eagle saying   ...

By Edgar Lee Masters

Out of me unworthy and unknown
The vibrations of deathless music;
“With malice toward none, with charity for all.” ...

By Ruth Stone

Once you saw a drove of young pigs
crossing the highway. One of them
pulling his body by the front feet,...


By Matthew Francis

All afternoon a reddish trickleout of the roots of the beech

and across the lawn,...

By Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle ...

By Elizabeth Alexander

We pull off
to a road shack
in Massachusetts ...

By Duchess of Newcastle Margaret Cavendish

I language want to dress my fancies in,
The hair's uncurled, the garment's loose and thin.
Had they but silver lace to make them gay,...

By Charles Wright

Sunday, September Sunday ... Outdoors,
Like an early page from The Appalachian Book of the Dead,   
Sunlight lavishes brilliance on every surface,...

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