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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 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 Louis MacNeice

Time was away and somewhere else,
There were two glasses and two chairs
And two people with the one pulse...

By Caroline Bird

She arrived at the country mansion in a silver limousine.
She’d sent out invitations and everything:
her name written twice with “&” in the middle,...

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...

What People are Saying

"What really makes a poem dynamic is not the use of grand gestures. Rather, it is the tones and expressions of the voice that help listeners connect and understand the meaning of a poem."
Angelica Sterling
2017 USVI POL Champ