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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 John Crowe Ransom

Beautifully Janet slept
Till it was deeply morning. She woke then   
And thought about her dainty-feathered hen,   ...

By Mary Robinson

Pavement slipp’ry, people sneezing,
Lords in ermine, beggars freezing;
Titled gluttons dainties carving, ...

By Mary Jo Salter

The music was already turning sad,
      those fresh-faced voices singing in a round
            the lie that time could set its needle back...

By Edmund Spenser

Joy of my life, full oft for loving you
    I bless my lot, that was so lucky placed:
    But then the more your own mishap I rue,...

By Robert Lowell

The stiff spokes of this wheel

touch the sore spots of the earth.


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