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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 Kathryn Simmonds

The baby sleeps.
Sunlight plays upon my lap, through doily leaves a black lab comes,
a scotty goes, the day wears on, the baby wakes....

By Adah Isaacs Menken

Where is the promise of my years;
    Once written on my brow?
Ere errors, agonies and fears ...

By Annie Finch

That hour-glass-backed,
orchard-legged,
heavy-headed will, ...

By Diane Wakoski

I walk the purple carpet into your eye
carrying the silver butter server
but a truck rumbles by, ...

By Dana Gioia

Now you hear what the house has to say.  
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,   
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,   ...

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of......

By Amy Lowell

When I have baked white cakes
And grated green almonds to spread upon them;
When I have picked the green crowns from the strawberries...

By Marvin Bell

Such a book must contain—
it always does!—a disclaimer.
I make no such. For here ...

By William Blake

Piping down the valleys wild 
Piping songs of pleasant glee 
On a cloud I saw a child. ...

By Meghan O'Rourke

Inventing a horse is not easy.One must not only think of the horse.
One must dig fence posts around him.
One must include a place where horses like to live;...

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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