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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 Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, ...

By Jane Kenyon

There’s just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet ...

By Nate Marshall

when i went to summer camp the white kids had a tendency
to shorten names of important institutions. make Northwestern
University into NU. international relations into IR. everybody...

By Rudyard Kipling

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker? ...

By Lorine Niedecker

He lived—childhood summers
    thru bare feet
then years of money’s lack ...

By Jay Wright

If you undo your do you would
be strange. Hair has been on my mind.
I used to lean in the doorway ...

By James L. Dickey

Here they are. The soft eyes open.   
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood. ...

By Stevie Smith

I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror...

By Paul Muldoon

The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself, ...

By Joan Murray

Near Ekuvukeni,
in Natal, South Africa,
a woman carries water on her head....

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