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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 William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd, ...

By Louise Erdrich

We watched from the house
as the river grew, helpless
and terrible in its unfamiliar body.   ...

Ice

By Gail Mazur

In the warming house, children lace their skates,   
bending, choked, over their thick jackets.
...

By Walter Bargen

Sky’s gray sheet spreads icy rain.
Through the night we heard the branches cracking.
Now they bend with the bowed ache of apostrophes....

By John Haines

Cold for so long, unable to speak,
yet your mouth seems framed
on a cry, or a stifled question. ...

By Michael Drayton


An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still,
Wherewith, alas, I have been long possess'd,...

By Michael Drayton

Why should your fair eyes with such sovereign grace
Disperse their rays on every vulgar spirit,
Whilst I in darkness in the self-same place ...

By Michael Drayton

Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part.
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me;
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart, ...

By Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

An idle lingerer on the wayside's road,
  He gathers up his work and yawns away;
  A little longer, ere the tiresome load...

By Lucille Clifton

if mama
could see
she would see   ...

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion