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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 Eve Merriam

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

By Nick Flynn

Beneath all this I’m carving a cathedral
of salt. I keep

By Ben Jonson

Let it not your wonder move,
Less your laughter, that I love.
Though I now write fifty years, ...

By Kay Ryan

It seems like you could, butyou can’t go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It’s all too deep for that....

By Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,...

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward, ...

By Frank O'Hara

The white chocolate jar full of petals
swills odds and ends around in a dizzying eye   
of four o’clocks now and to come. The tiger,   ...

By W. S. Di Piero

Trying to find my roost   
one lidded, late afternoon,   
the consolation of color   ...

By Charles Wright

Dove-twirl in the tall grass.
                                              End-of-summer glaze next door
On the gloves and split ends of the conked magnolia tree. ...

By Margaret Walker

When I was a child I knew red miners
dressed raggedly and wearing carbide lamps.
I saw them come down red hills to their camps...

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"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