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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 R. S. Gwynn

Her e-mail inbox always overflows.   
Her outbox doesn’t get much use at all.   
She puts on hold the umpteen-billionth call   ...

By Alice Notley

The Goddess who created this passing world
Said Let there be lightbulbs & liquefaction
Life spilled out onto the street, colors whirled ...

By Mark Doty

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh ...

By Terrance Hayes

I. 1981
 
When I am so small Da’s sock covers my arm, we...

By Rebecca Hazelton

Before the war leaned in and blew out
the candles, there were many long days
where lovers called themselves lovers...

By John Donne

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? ...

By W. S. Merwin

From the kindness of my parents   
I suppose it was that I held   
that belief about suffering   ...

By Michael S. Harper


In 1915 my grandfather’s
neighbors surrounded his house ...

By Seamus Heaney

As if he had been poured
in tar, he lies
on a pillow of turf...

By A. R. Ammons

I don’t know somehow it seems sufficient
to see and hear whatever coming and going is,
losing the self to the victory ...

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