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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 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, ...

By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

“Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
        And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:...

By Russell Edson

Let us consider the farmer who makes his straw hat his   
sweetheart; or the old woman who makes a floor lamp her son;
or the young woman who has set herself the task of scraping ...

By Anne Bradstreet

My head, my heart, mine Eyes, my life, nay more,
My joy, my Magazine of earthly store,
If two be one, as surely thou and I, ...

By Edith Wharton

Life, like a marble block, is given to all,
A blank, inchoate mass of years and days,
Whence one with ardent chisel swift essays ...

By Howard Nemerov

Roughly figured, this man of moderate habits,
This average consumer of the middle class,
Consumed in the course of his average life span...

By Robert Browning

Escape me?
Never—
Beloved!...

By James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev’ry voice and sing,   
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; ...

By William Cowper

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God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;...

By Frank Stanford

There are many people who come back
After the doctor has smoothed the sheet
Around their body...

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