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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 Adrienne Rich

A woman in the shape of a monster   
a monster in the shape of a woman   
the skies are full of them...

By Tony Hoagland

tell the flowers—they think
the sun loves them.
The grass is under the same...

By Denise Levertov

I like to find   
what's not found   
at once, but lies ...

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories,...

By Robert Pinsky

The jaunty crop-haired graying   
Women in grocery stores,   
Their clothes boyish and neat,   ...

By June Jordan

I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain
or happiness
like candles lighting the entire soft lace...

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . ....

By Siegfried Sassoon

You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, 
   Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why 
Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented— ...

By Edgar Bowers

I summon up Panofskv from his bed
    Among the famous dead
To build a tomb which, since I am not read, ...

By Yone Noguchi

Out of the deep and the dark,
A sparkling mystery, a shape,
Something perfect, ...

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Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion