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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 Frank Marshall Davis

I
 Eagerly
Like a woman hurrying to her lover...

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

After the fierce midsummer all ablaze
    Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
    In the intensity of its own fires, ...

By Alan R. Shapiro

Over an edge of cloud the naked angel
blasts his long horn downward and they rise,
or try to, skeletons, half-skeletons,...

By Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy ...

By Carolyn M. Rodgers

on a day when
we were dark
and not so full of...

By Elinor Wylie

My bands of silk and miniver
Momently grew heavier;
The black gauze was beggarly thin;...

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Because the eye has a short shadow or
it is hard to see over heads in the crowd?
...

By Richard Eberhart

You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
Would rouse God to relent; the infinite spaces
Are still silent. He looks on shock-pried faces....

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion