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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 James Weldon Johnson

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

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The night is come, but not too soon;
  And sinking silently,
All silently, the little moon...

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...

By George Moses Horton

Like heart-loving brothers we meet,
    And still the loud thunders of strife,
The blaze of fraternity kindles most sweet,...

By Henrietta Cordelia Ray

The subtlest strain a great musician weaves,
Cannot attain in rhythmic harmony
To music in his soul. May it not be...

By Vachel Lindsay

Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all,
That which is gendered in the wilderness
From lonely prairies and God’s tenderness. ...

By William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts ...

By Lorine Niedecker

Nothing worth noting
except an Andromeda
with quadrangular shoots—...

By Sandra McPherson

Lions don’t need your help. In the Serengeti,
For instance, one thousand like the very rich
...

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2017 AR POL Champion