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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 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 -...

By Lucille Clifton

they thought the field was wasting
and so they gathered the marker rocks and stones and
piled them into a barn    they say that the rocks were shaped...

By Virginia Hamilton Adair

Always the caravan of sound made us halt   
to admire the swinging and the swift go-by   
of beasts with enormous hooves and heads   ...

By Philip Levine

As a boy he played alone in the fields   
behind our block, six frame houses   
holding six immigrant families,   ...

By Anthony Lawrence

My darling turns to poetry at night.
What began as flirtation, an aside
Between abstract expression and first light...

By Louis Simpson

My father in the night commanding No
Has work to do. Smoke issues from his lips;   
      He reads in silence. ...

By Lorine Niedecker

My mother saw the green tree toad
on the window sill
her first one ...

By Theodore Roethke

The whiskey on your breath   
Could make a small boy dizzy;   
But I hung on like death:   ...

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