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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 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...

By Sara Teasdale

I

Oh chimes set high on the sunny tower   ...

By Edward Thomas

Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved;
Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof
Against the North wind; tired, yet so that rest ...

By Donald Hall

In October of the year,
he counts potatoes dug from the brown field,   
counting the seed, counting   ...

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, ...

What People are Saying

"What really makes a poem dynamic is not the use of grand gestures. Rather, it is the tones and expressions of the voice that help listeners connect and understand the meaning of a poem."
Angelica Sterling
2017 USVI POL Champ