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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 Robert Francis

The American eagle is not aware he is
the American eagle. He is never tempted
to look modest....

By Joy Harjo

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you....

By George Moses Horton

I lov’d thee from the earliest dawn,
     When first I saw thy beauty’s ray,
And will, until life’s eve comes on,...

By Claudia Emerson

The word itself: prim, retired, its artifact
her portrait above the fireplace, on her face
the boredom she abhorred, then perfected, ...

By B. H. Fairchild

In his fifth year the son, deep in the backseat   
of his father’s Ford and the mysterium
of time, holds time in memory with words,...

By Elaine Equi

Can you imagine waking up
every morning on a different planet,
each with its own gravity?...

By Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry....

By Li-Young Lee

In the steamer is the trout   
seasoned with slivers of ginger,
two sprigs of green onion, and sesame oil.   ...

Ebb

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

I know what my heart is like
      Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge ...

By William Blake

The sun does arise,
And make happy the skies.
The merry bells ring...

What People are Saying

"I learned that I enjoyed poetry - a lot. I'm known as the "football guy" at my school and it surprised me, and others, that poetry would be a big part of my life. Also, I realized that I not bad at performing and public speaking."
Marquavious Moore
2017 TN POL Champion