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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

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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