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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 Wendy Xu

Distrust this season breeds
in me whole
blue worlds, am second...

By Thomas Carlyle

The wind blows east, the wind blows west,
And the frost falls and the rain:
A weary heart went thankful to rest, ...

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?
...

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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion