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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 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 ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion