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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 Paul Muldoon

When I put my finger to the hole they've cut for a dimmer switch   
in a wall of plaster stiffened with horsehair   
it seems I've scratched a two-hundred-year-old itch   ...

By W. D. Snodgrass

As we drove back, crossing the hill,
The house still
Hidden in the trees, I always thought— ...

By William Blake

I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. 
And mark in every face I meet ...

By Richard Wilbur

I.

Five soldiers fixed by Mathew Brady’s eye   ...

By Eavan Boland

I have two daughters.

They are all I ever wanted from the earth. ...

By Aphra Behn

Love in Fantastic Triumph sat,
Whilst Bleeding Hearts around him flowed,
For whom Fresh pains he did Create,...

By George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                              Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack ...

By Diane Thiel

My mother wanted to learn some German
for my father and because her children
could already speak it a little....

By John Clare

Love lives beyond
The tomb, the earth, which fades like dew—
               I love the fond, ...

By Lorna Dee Cervantes

Once I wasn’t always so plain.
I was strewn feathers on a cross
of dune, an expanse of ocean ...

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Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion