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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 Amy Clampitt

Frame within frame, the evolving conversation   
is dancelike, as though two could play   
at improvising snowflakes’ ...

By William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping ...

By Edwin Markham

I would my soul were like the bird   
That dares the vastness undeterred.   
Look, where the bluebird on the bough   ...

By Catherine Wing

Then came the darker sooner,
came the later lower.
We were no longer a sweeter-here...

By Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate
      When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate ...

By Sasha Dugdale

Every morning since the time changed
I have woken to the dawn chorus
And even before it sounded, I dreamed of it...

By Frank O'Hara

It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine ...

By Geoffrey Brock

It hangs on its
                stem like a plum
at the edge of a...

By James Whitcomb Riley

O the days gone by! O the days gone by!
The apples in the orchard, and the pathway through the rye;
The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail ...

By P. K. Page

His clumsy body is a golden fruit
pendulous in the pear tree
...

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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