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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 Hart Crane

O Carib Isle!

The tarantula rattling at the lily’s foot...

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

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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...

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"I went in expecting to lend my voice to the poetry, but found that it was a two-way exchange: the poetry lent its voice to me, as well."
Megan Kim
2017 OR POL Champion