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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 Kathleen Jamie

Last night, when the moon
slipped into my attic room
as an oblong of light,...

By Henry David Thoreau

The moon now rises to her absolute rule,
And the husbandman and hunter
Acknowledge her for their mistress. ...

By Noah Buchholz

That night the moon rose
in the window. Its light
touched the pane and spread...

By Karin Gottshall

Sometimes I say I’m going to meet my sister at the café—
even though I have no sister—just because it’s such
a beautiful thing to say. I’ve always thought so, ever since...

By Rodney Jones

The tortures of lumbago consumed Aunt Madge,
And Leah Vest, once resigned from schoolmarming,
Could not be convinced to leave the house, ...

By Randall Mann

This may sound queer,
but in 1985 I held the delicate hands
of Dan White:...

By Maya Angelou

She came home running
       back to the mothering blackness   
       deep in the smothering blackness ...

By Nikki Giovanni

the last time i was home
to see my mother we kissed
exchanged pleasantries...

By Robert Hayden

Lord’s lost Him His mockingbird,   
       His fancy warbler;
       Satan sweet-talked her,...

By Audre Lorde

I have studied the tight curls on the back of your neck   
moving away from me
beyond anger or failure...

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