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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 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 John McCrae


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

By E. E. Cummings

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little ...

By Jake Adam York

Perhaps, this morning, we’re there,
normal and soon forgotten, as news is
when it’s passed over breakfast, like love,...

By Stephen Dunn

In love, his grammar grew
rich with intensifiers, and adverbs fell
madly from the sky like pheasants ...

By June Jordan

I

honey people murder mercy U.S.A.   ...

By Frank Bidart

the remnant of a vast, oceanic
bruise (wound delivered early and long ago)
...

By Meredith Holmes

At last I can be with you!
The grinding hours
since I left your side!...

By Heather McHugh

A brilliance takes up residence in flaws—
a brilliance all the unchipped faces of design
refuse. The wine collects its starlets ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion