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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 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,
...

By Edwin Arlington Robinson

Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn,
   Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;
He wept that he was ever born,...

By Toi Derricotte

In the backyard of our house on Norwood,
there were five hundred steel cages lined up,
each with a wooden box...

By James Merrill

I grow old under an intensity
Of questioning looks. Nonsense,
I try to say, I cannot teach you children ...

By Hailey Leithauser

No other song
                    or swoop (part
       quiver, part swivel and...

By Calvin Forbes

The slice I ate I want it back
Those crumbs I swept up
I’d like my share again...

By Lisel Mueller

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration...

By Ricardo Pau-Llosa

As a boy he had trouble speaking,
past three before a real word preened
from his lips. And for the longest time,...

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion