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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

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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,...

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,...

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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 ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that I enjoyed poetry - a lot. I'm known as the "football guy" at my school and it surprised me, and others, that poetry would be a big part of my life. Also, I realized that I not bad at performing and public speaking."
Marquavious Moore
2017 TN POL Champion