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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 Aphra Behn

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

By Richard Wilbur

The eyes open to a cry of pulleys,
And spirited from sleep, the astounded soul   
Hangs for a moment bodiless and simple   ...

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 ...

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever ...

By Dorothy Parker

My own dear love, he is strong and bold
      And he cares not what comes after.
His words ring sweet as a chime of gold, ...

By John Donne

If yet I have not all thy love,
Dear, I shall never have it all;
I cannot breathe one other sigh, to move, ...

By Edgar Lee Masters

I went to the dances at Chandlerville,
And played snap-out at Winchester.
One time we changed partners, ...

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