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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 Anne Stevenson

Falling to sleep last night in a deep crevasse
between one rough dream and another, I seemed,
still awake, to be stranded on a stony path, ...

By Suzanne Buffam

I am wearing dark glasses inside the house
To match my dark mood.
 ...

By Louis MacNeice

If we could get the hang of it entirely
   It would take too long;
All we know is the splash of words in passing   ...

By Ezra Pound

Go, dumb-born book,
Tell her that sang me once that song of Lawes:
Hadst thou but song ...

By Mary Lamb

This rose-tree is not made to bear
The violet blue, nor lily fair,
   Nor the sweet mignionet: ...

By Robert Lowell

Those blessèd structures, plot and rhyme—
why are they no help to me now
I want to make ...

By Robert Browning

At the midnight in the silence of the sleep-time,
When you set your fancies free,
Will they pass to where—by death, fools think, imprisoned—...

By Christopher Smart

It ever was allow’d, dear Madam,   
Ev’n from the days of father Adam,   
Of all perfection flesh is heir to,   ...

By Katherine Philips

What on Earth deserves our trust?
Youth and Beauty both are dust.
Long we gathering are with pain,...

By Thomas Carew

This little vault, this narrow room,
Of Love, and Beauty, is the tomb;
The dawning beam that gan to clear ...

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