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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 Thom Gunn

One by one they appear in
the darkness: a few friends, and   
a few with historical ...

By Rafael Campo

To cure myself of wanting Cuban songs,
I wrote a Cuban song about the need
For people to suppress their fantasies,...

By Michael McClure

It’s the mystery of the hunt that intrigues me,
                   That drives us like lemmings, but cautiously—
The search for a bright square cloud—the scent of lemon verbena—...

By Adam Zagajewski

The day was mild, the light was generous.
The German on the café terrace
held a small book on his lap....

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