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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2016-2017 competition.

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By Lucille Clifton

oh antic God
return to me
my mother in her thirties   ...

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Oh could I raise the darken’d veil,
Which hides my future life from me,
Could unborn ages slowly sail,...

By Charlotte Smith

Oh, Hope! thou soother sweet of human woes!
      How shall I lure thee to my haunts forlorn!
For me wilt thou renew the withered rose, ...

By Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
   Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see ...

By Robert Hedin

Of all the people in the mornings at the mall,   
it’s the old liberators I like best,   
those veterans of the Bulge, Anzio, or Monte Cassino   ...

By Marie Ponsot

“I’m moving from Grief  Street.
Taxes are high here
though the mortgage’s cheap....

By X J Kennedy

Back in a yard where ringers groove a ditch,
These four in shirtsleeves congregate to pitch
Dirt-burnished iron. With appraising eye, ...

By B. H. Fairchild

The heavy bodies lunge, the broken language
of fake and drive, glamorous jump shot
slowed to a stutter. Their gestures, in love ...

By Larry Levis

At Wilshire & Santa Monica I saw an opossum
Trying to cross the street. It was late, the street
Was brightly lit, the opossum would take ...

By Andrew Marvell

See how the orient dew,
Shed from the bosom of the morn   
   Into the blowing roses, ...

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