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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 C. K. Williams

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If that someone who’s me yet not me yet who judges me is always with me,   ...

By H. D.

I

You are clear ...

By Agha Shahid Ali

I’ll do what I must if I’m bold in real time.   
A refugee, I’ll be paroled in real time.
...

By Sara Littlecrow-Russell

Two hundred seventy
Ghost Dancers died dreaming
That humanity would drown...

By Li-Young Lee

To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade....

By Brenda Hillman

A brenda is missing—where is she?
Summon the seeds & weeds, the desert whooshes. Phone the finch
with the crowded beak;   a little pretenda...

By Rabindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
   Where knowledge is free;
   Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days, ...

By A. R. Ammons

The song
sparrow puts all his
saying...

By Nick Laird

More than ample a deadfall of one meter eighty to split
my temple apart on the herringbone parquet and crash
the operating system, tripping an automated shutdown...

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