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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 Emily Brontë

Often rebuked, yet always back returning
    To those first feelings that were born with me,
And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning...

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 ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion