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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By Robert Hass

All the new thinking is about loss.
In this it resembles all the old thinking.
The idea, for example, that each particular erases ...

By Craig Arnold

To wake when all is possible
before the agitations of the day
have gripped you...

By Louise Bogan

I had come to the house, in a cave of trees,
Facing a sheer sky.
Everything moved,—a bell hung ready to strike, ...

By Robert Browning

I
The grey sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low; ...

By Tony Hoagland

Somewhere, someone is asking a question,
and I stand squinting at the classroom
with one hand cupped behind my ear, ...

By P. K. Page

Intractable between them grows
a garden of barbed wire and roses.
Burning briars like flames devour...

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Half of my life is gone, and I have let
   The years slip from me and have not fulfilled
   The aspiration of my youth, to build ...

By David Dominguez

My red pickup choked on burnt oil
as I drove down Highway 99.
In wind-tattered garbage bags...

By Cynthia Cruz

The child is not dead.
She is sleeping.
...

By Major Jackson

If I told you Earl, the toughest kid
on my block in North Philadelphia,
bow-legged and ominous, could beat...

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