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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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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 Maya Angelou

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

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, ...

By Emily Dickinson

Much Madness is divinest Sense -
To a discerning Eye -
Much Sense - the starkest Madness - ...

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2015 ME POL Champion