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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 A. E. Stallings

The two of them stood in the middle water,
The current slipping away, quick and cold,
The sun slow at his zenith, sweating gold,...

By Billy Collins

I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest....

By Ben Jonson

Rhyme, the rack of finest wits,
That expresseth but by fits
True conceit,...

By Amy Lowell

What torture lurks within a single thought
When grown too constant; and however kind,
However welcome still, the weary mind ...

By Margaret Fuller

We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,
Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,
And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought ...

By Mark Turcotte

As a child I danced
to the heartful, savage
rhythm ...

By Rita Dove

After all, there’s no need
to say anything

By Dorothy Wordsworth

Harmonious Powers with Nature work
On sky, earth, river, lake, and sea:
Sunshine and storm, whirlwind and breeze ...

By Dionisio D. Martínez

To the one who sets a second place at the table anyway.   

To the one at the back of the empty bus. ...

By Natasha Trethewey

Here, she said, put this on your head.
She handed me a hat.
You ’bout as white as your dad,...

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