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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 Audre Lorde

I have not ever seen my father’s grave.

Not that his judgment eyes ...

By Hailey Leithauser

The heat so peaked tonight
the moon can’t cool

By Elizabeth Bishop

Oh, but it is dirty!
—this little filling station,
oil-soaked, oil-permeated ...

By Kate Northrop

Come, let’s go in.
The ticket-taker
has shyly grinned...

By Pablo Neruda

Matilde, years or days   
sleeping, feverish,   
here or there, ...

By Rhina P. Espaillat

My mother’s mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that love’s first fruit,
moved through her father’s farm, her country tongue ...

By Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire ...

By Joseph Campana

All evening I hunted
the bird that wanted
a cage of glass, ...

By D. Nurkse

We brought that newborn home from Maimonides
and showed her nine blue glittering streets.
Would she like the semis with hoods of snow? ...

By Scott Cairns

What I notice first within
          this rough scene fixed
in memory is the rare ...

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