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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 Camille Rankine

Our stone wall was built by slaves and my bones, my bones
are paid for. We have two
 ...

By Natasha Trethewey

I am four in this photograph, standing   
on a wide strip of Mississippi beach,   
my hands on the flowered hips ...

By JoAnn Balingit

I'd search for Philippines in History class.
The index named one page, moved on to Pierce.
The Making of America marched past...

By E. A. Markham

In this poem there is no suffering.
It spans hundreds of years and records
no deaths, connecting when it can,...

By Jacob Saenz

Today I became King
of the Court w/out a diamond-
encrusted crown thrust upon ...

By John Donne

Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend ...

By John Donne

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow ...

By Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -...

By Kwame Dawes

In every crowd, there is the one
with horns, casually moving through
the bodies as if this is the living...

By James L. Dickey

I have just come down from my father.
Higher and higher he lies
Above me in a blue light...

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"In the beginning of my Poetry Out Loud experience, I didn't expect to become so attached to my three competition poems. Five months later, they have become a part of me."
Gabrielle Cooper
2017 ME POL Champion