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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 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 ...

By Robert Frost

There was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself;...

By Victoria Chang

In the end she just wanted the house
               and a horse not much more what
       if  he didn’t own the house or worse...

By Kathleen Norris

Wake up,
you’ll need your wits about you.
This is not a dream,...

By Gregory Djanikian

You are sitting in Mrs. Caldera’s kitchen,
you are sipping a glass of lemonade
and trying not to be too curious about ...

By Edgar Lee Masters

Mr. Kessler, you know, was in the army,
And he drew six dollars a month as a pension,
And stood on the corner talking politics, ...

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