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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 Fatimah Asghar

these are my people & I find
them on the street & shadow
through any wild all wild...

By Claude McKay

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,...

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
...

By William Meredith

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand ...

By Archibald MacLeish

I speak this poem now with grave and level voice   
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.
...

By Alfred Noyes

Now, in a breath, we’ll burst those gates of gold,
   And ransack heaven before our moment fails.
Now, in a breath, before we, too, grow old,...

By Lee Herrick

How much delight before we collapse
How much earth in the lungs
How much wine...

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By Andrew Hudgins

When we first heard from blocks away
the fog truck’s blustery roar,
we dropped our toys, leapt from our meals,   ...

By Cassie Lewis

Rock quartz next to a fence with upturned faces.
On the hill, on the other side
a storm, or plausibly, you....

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