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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 Constance Urdang

Travel is a vanishing act
Only to those who are left behind.
What the traveler knows...

By Edwin Arlington Robinson

Go to the western gate, Luke Havergal,
There where the vines cling crimson on the wall,
And in the twilight wait for what will come....

By Lilace Mellin Guignard

Child, when you’re sad put on your blue shoes.
You know that Mama loves you lollipops
and Daddy still has a job to lose....

By Carl Phillips

No eye that sees could fail to remark you:   
like any leaf the rain leaves fixed to and   
flat against the barn’s gray shingle. But...

By Mina Loy

A silver Lucifer
serves
cocaine in cornucopia...

By James Wright

Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,   
Asleep on the black trunk,
Blowing like a leaf in green shadow.   ...

By Eloise Klein Healy

Let my music be found wanting
in comparison
to yours (as it must)...

What People are Saying

"I went in expecting to lend my voice to the poetry, but found that it was a two-way exchange: the poetry lent its voice to me, as well."
Megan Kim
2017 OR POL Champion