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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Like the horn you played in Catholic school
the city will open its mouth and cry
...

By Hart Crane

Often beneath the wave, wide from this ledge
The dice of drowned men’s bones he saw bequeath
An embassy. Their numbers as he watched, ...

By Kenneth Patchen

In the shape of this night, in the still fall
        of snow, Father
In all that is cold and tiny, these little birds...

By George Bilgere

The last time I saw Paul Castle
it was printed in gold on the wall
above the showers in the boys’...

By Twyla Hansen

In the middle of rolling grasslands, away from lights,
a moonless night untethers its wild polka-dots,
the formations we can name competing for attention...

By Ilya Kaminsky

If I speak for the dead, I must leave
this animal of my body,
...

By Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, ...

By Franz Wright

Think of   a sheep
knitting a sweater;
think of   your life...

By Edith Wharton

I

Leaguered in fire ...

By Maya Angelou

Curtains forcing their will   
against the wind,
children sleep, ...

What People are Saying

"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion