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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 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...

By Marianne Moore

Man, looking into the sea—
taking the view from those who have as much right to it as you have it to yourself—
it is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing ...

By francine j. harris

She wants to set the house on fire,
gas in both hands, gas on the wall.
...

By Pattiann Rogers

Some say it’s in the reptilian dance   
of the purple-tongued sand goanna,   
for there the magnificent translation   ...

By Philip Schultz

My ocean town struggles
to pick up leaves,
offer summer school, ...

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless;
That only men incredulous of despair,
Half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air ...

By Stephen Sandy

Tell me the way to the wedding
Tell me the way to the war,
Tell me the needle you’re threading...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion