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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 John Keats

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
       Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake, ...

By T. S. Eliot

Stand on the highest pavement of the stair—
Lean on a garden urn—
Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair— ...

By William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, ...

By Linda Gregg

It was a picture I had after the war.
A bombed English church. I was too young   
to know the word English or war, ...

By Agha Shahid Ali

Swear by the olive in the God-kissed land—
There is no sugar in the promised land.
...

By Joanie Mackowski

I don't know how it happened, but I fell—   
and I was immense, one dislocated arm   
wedged between two buildings. I felt some ribs   ...

By Michael Ryan

Reading in the paper a summary
of a five-year psychological study
that shows those perceived as most beautiful ...

By Wilfred Owen

‘O Jesus Christ! I’m hit,’ he said; and died.

Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
                 The Bullets chirped—In vain, vain, vain!
 ...

By Heid E. Erdrich

Dumped wet and momentary on a dull ground
that’s been clear but clearly sleeping, for days.
Last snow melts as it falls, piles up slush, runs in first light...

By Jennifer Grotz

Before the moths have even appeared
to orbit around them, the streetlamps come on,
a long row of them glowing uselessly...

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2015 IL POL Champion