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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 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....

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 Carl Sandburg

In Abraham Lincoln’s city,
Where they remember his lawyer’s shingle,
The place where they brought him ...

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran ...

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates
2016 LA POL Champion