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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 Phillis Wheatley

O thou bright jewel in my aim I strive
To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare
Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach. ...

By Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster. ...

By Pablo Neruda

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,   
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:   
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,   ...

By William Matthews

How easily happiness begins by   
dicing onions. A lump of sweet butter   
slithers and swirls across the floor   ...

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By Thomas Sayers Ellis

Or Oreo, or
worse. Or ordinary.
Or your choice   ...

By Roisin Kelly

I’ll choose for myself next time
who I’ll reach out and take
as mine, in the way...

By Pattiann Rogers

Stellar dust has settled.
It is green underwater now in the leaves
Of the yellow crowfoot. Its vacancies are gathered together ...

By Calvin Forbes

Put my glad rags in a cardboard box—
This old jiggerboo never grew mature.
Is everthing in its place except me? ...

By Rae Armantrout

The very flatnessof portraits
makes for nostalgia
in the connoisseur....

By John Brehm

So sexy to slide under-
neath a river,
to sit inside this...

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"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion