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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 Linda Pastan

It is more onerous
than the rites of beauty
or housework, harder than love....

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,...

By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers...

By Thomas McGrath

1.

God love you now, if no one else will ever,...

By Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
   A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air, ...

By Thomas Lux

which regenerate their tails
and also eat only the tails of other electric eels,
presumably smaller, who, in turn, eat ... ...

By Kevin Young

Praise the restless beds
Praise the beds that do not adjust
     that won't lift the head to feed...

By Kevin Young

I want to be doused
in cheese
...

By May Sarton

As the tide rises, the closed mollusc
Opens a fraction to the ocean's food,
Bathed in its riches. Do not ask...

By Robert Duncan

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,   
that is not mine, but is a made place,
...

What People are Saying

"I learned that I enjoyed poetry - a lot. I'm known as the "football guy" at my school and it surprised me, and others, that poetry would be a big part of my life. Also, I realized that I not bad at performing and public speaking."
Marquavious Moore
2017 TN POL Champion