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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 Rita Mae Reese

You have forgotten it all.
You have forgotten your name,
where you lived, who you...

By Seamus Heaney

All year the flax-dam festered in the heart
Of the townland; green and heavy headed
Flax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods....

By Billy Collins

I am wondering what became of all those tall abstractions
that used to pose, robed and statuesque, in paintings
and parade about on the pages of the Renaissance ...

By Andrew Marvell

My love is of a birth as rare
As ’tis for object strange and high;
It was begotten by Despair ...

By Richard Hugo

You might come here Sunday on a whim.   
Say your life broke down. The last good kiss   
you had was years ago. You walk these streets   ...

By Samuel Daniel


When men shall find thy flower, thy glory, pass,
And thou with careful brow sitting alone...

By Amy Uyematsu

So by sixteen we move in packs
learn to strut and slide
in deliberate lowdown rhythm ...

By N. Scott Momaday

I am a feather on the bright sky
I am the blue horse that runs in the plain
I am the fish that rolls, shining, in the water...

By Bruce Bond

If you are going there by foot, prepare
to get wet. You are not you anymore.
...

By Josephine Miles

When with the skin you do acknowledge drought,
The dry in the voice, the lightness of feet, the fine
Flake of the heat at every level line;...

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Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion