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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 Aphra Behn


This Little, Silent, Gloomy Monument,
Contains all that was sweet and innocent ;...

By Joel Nelson

I have run on middle fingernail through Eolithic morning,
I have thundered down the coach road with the Revolution’s warning.
I have carried countless errant knights who never found the grail....

By Edwin Arlington Robinson

She fears him, and will always ask
   What fated her to choose him;
She meets in his engaging mask                   ...

By Alison Hawthorne Deming

Pomegranates fell from the trees
in our sleep. If we stayed
in the sun too long...

By Donald Justice

Now comes the evening of the mind.
Here are the fireflies twitching in the blood;
Here is the shadow moving down the page...

By John Straley

Suppose I said the word “springtime”
and I wrote the words “king salmon”
on a piece of paper...

By Jacob Saenz

As a boy I bicycled the block
w/a brown mop top falling
into a tail bleached blond,...

By Eleanor Wilner

By the stream, where the ground is soft
and gives, under the slightest pressure—even   
the fly would leave its footprint here   ...

By Linda Gregerson

When love was a question, the message arrived
in the beak of a wire and plaster bird. The coloratura
was hardly to be believed. For flight, ...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lords of life, the lords of life,—
I saw them pass,
In their own guise,...

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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