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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 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;...

By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be ...

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or come when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars ...

By A. E. Housman

“Is my team ploughing,
   That I was used to drive
And hear the harness jingle ...

By Edgar Allan Poe

In Heaven a spirit doth dwell
   “Whose heart-strings are a lute”;   
None sing so wildly well ...

By Edgar Albert Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one ...

By James Lasdun

It isn’t me, he’d say,
stepping out of a landscape
that offered, he’d thought, the backdrop...

By Thomas Lux

It’s the little towns I like
with their little mills making ratchets
and stanchions, elastic web, ...

By Emily Dickinson

It sifts from Leaden Sieves -
It powders all the Wood.
It fills with Alabaster Wool...

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"I learned that I enjoyed poetry - a lot. I'm known as the "football guy" at my school and it surprised me, and others, that poetry would be a big part of my life. Also, I realized that I not bad at performing and public speaking."
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2017 TN POL Champion