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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 John Engels

The damselfly folds its wings
over its body when at rest. Captured,
it should not be killed...

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 Marilyn Nelson

Five daughters, in the slant light on the porch,
are bickering. The eldest has come home
with new truths she can hardly wait to teach....

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 Max Ritvo

After the cocoon I was in a human body
instead of a butterfly’s. All along my back
...

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...

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