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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By George Starbuck

Here is the grackle, people.
Here is the fox, folks.
The grackle sits in the bracken. The fox   ...

By Andrew Marvell

To make a final conquest of all me,
Love did compose so sweet an enemy,
In whom both beauties to my death agree, ...

By A. E. Stallings

Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat,...

By David Baker

It was midday before we noticed it was morning.
The boy cousins brought us a tray—soup and cheese,
warm soda, and a soft cloth and candy for her fever. ...

By Jane Cooper

Once you said joking slyly, If I’m killed
I’ll come to haunt your solemn bed,
I’ll stand and glower at the head ...

By Li-Young Lee

1.
Through the night   
the apples ...

By Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,   ...

By Witter Bynner

“Lincoln?—
Well, I was in the old Second Maine,
The first regiment in Washington from the Pine Tree State. ...

By W.D. Ehrhart

Each day I go into the fieldsto see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing...

By Edgar Albert Guest

My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day...

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