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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 Paul Muldoon

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

By H. D.

All Greece hates   
the still eyes in the white face,   
the lustre as of olives   ...

By Joan Murray

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

By Joshua Mehigan

Nothing has changed. They have a welcome sign,
a hill with cows and a white house on top,
a mall and grocery store where people shop,...

By Victor Hernández Cruz

Behold and soak like a sponge.   
I have discovered that the island of Puerto Rico   
is the ears of Saru-Saru, a poet reputed to have lived   ...

By Michael S. Harper

Soul and race
are private dominions,   
memories and modal ...

By Eleanor Wilner

To turn a stone
with its white squirming
underneath, to pry the disc ...

By Joshua Mehigan

On the crowded hill bordering the mill,
across the shallow stream, nearer than they seem,
they wait and will be waiting....

By Thomas P. Lynch

He’ll have been the last of his kind here then.
The flagstones, dry-stone walls, the slumping thatch,
out-offices and cow cabins, the patch...

By Patricia Smith

Gotta love us brown girls, munching on fat, swinging blue hips,
decked out in shells and splashes, Lawdie, bringing them woo hips.
...

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