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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 Patricia Smith

I was birthed restless and elsewhere
 
gut dragging and bulging with ball lightning, slush,...

By Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field....

By Al Young

Just tell me who the hell am I?
What powers did I, do I hold?
What right have I to say “my”...

Kin

By Maya Angelou

We were entwined in red rings   
Of blood and loneliness before   
The first snows fell ...

By Carl Phillips

—shored
by trees at its far ending,
as is the way in moral tales:...

By Yusef Komunyakaa

  
        When deeds splay before us 
precious as gold & unused chances ...

By Robert Graves

Are you shaken, are you stirred
    By a whisper of love,
Spellbound to a word...

By Eleanor Ross Taylor

The fork lived with the knife
     and found it hard — for years
took nicks and scratches,...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.”...

By Steph (also Stephen and Stephanie) Burt

Complete in ourselves,
we look like scraps of paper anyway:
left alone, we could tell...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion