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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 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...

By William Matthews

I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen,
and so I swung into action and wrote a poem,
...

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2016 ME POL Champion