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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 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   ...

By Cathy Song

To prepare the body,
aim for the translucent perfection
you find in the sliced shavings ...

By John Yau

Come live with me
And we will sit

What People are Saying

"Even people who don't particularly enjoy most forms of poetry can still find a poem that they enjoy AND be very good at reciting if they set their minds to it. What makes poetry so appealing is its ability to describe all sorts of different aspects of the human experience in a new and unique light. There is a poem out there for everyone. Even my dad...maybe."
Danielle Corbett
2016 NH POL Champion