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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 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....

By Theodore Roethke

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;   
I hear my echo in the echoing wood— ...

By George Eliot

The sky is cloudy, yellowed by the smoke.
For view there are the houses opposite
Cutting the sky with one long line of wall ...

By Denise Levertov

Pale, then enkindled,
light
advancing, ...

By John McCrae


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,...

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"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion