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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 E. E. Cummings

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

By Stephen Dunn

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

By June Jordan


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 ...

By John Greenleaf Whittier

Still sits the school-house by the road,
   A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow, ...

By Ted Kooser

In musty light, in the thin brown air
of damp carpet, doll heads and rust,
beneath long rows of sharp footfalls ...

By Stephen Crane

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground, ...

By Trumbull Stickney

There lies a somnolent lake
Under a noiseless sky,
Where never the mornings break...

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2016 ME POL Champion