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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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