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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By John Brehm

Do nothing and everything will be done,   
that's what Mr. Lao Tzu said, who walked   
around talking 2,500 years ago and   ...

By David Yezzi

I don’t say things I don’t want to say
or chew the fat with fat cats just because.
...

By Richard Aldington

Women’s tears are but water;
The tears of men are blood.
...

By Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

because it has no pure products

because the Pacific Ocean sweeps along the coastline...

By Bob Hicok

At forty-eight, to be given water,
which is most of the world, given life
in water, which is most of me, given ease,...

By H. D.

Where the slow river   
meets the tide,
a red swan lifts red wings ...

By Garrett Hongo

In Chicago, it is snowing softly
and a man has just done his wash for the week.   
He steps into the twilight of early evening,   ...

By Phillis Levin

That the dead are real to us
Cannot be denied,
That the living are more real...

By Jane Kenyon

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving   
up the bales as the sun moves down. ...

By Sara Teasdale

Let it be forgotten, as a flower is forgotten,
Forgotten as a fire that once was singing gold,
Let it be forgotten for ever and ever, ...

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