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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 Jorie Graham

Over a dock railing, I watch the minnows, thousands, swirl   
themselves, each a minuscule muscle, but also, without the   
way to create current, making of their unison (turning, re-...

By Robert Bly

Your head is still
restless, rolling
east and west....

By Agha Shahid Ali

Those intervals
between the day’s
five calls to prayer...

By Yusef Komunyakaa

Crowned with a feathered helmet,
Not for disguise or courtship
Dance, he looks like something...

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font. ...

By Joseph Bruchac

Seeing photos
of ancestors
a century past...

By Alan Dugan

The skin ripples over my body like moon-wooed water,
rearing to escape me. Where could it find another
animal as naked as the one it hates to cover?...

By Denise Levertov

Though the road turn at last   
to death’s ordinary door,   
and we knock there, ready   ...

By Martin Carter

Not, in the saying of you, are you
said. Baffled and like a root
stopped by a stone you turn back questioning...

By Jane Hirshfield

Stay, I said
to the cut flowers.
They bowed ...

What People are Saying

"I went in expecting to lend my voice to the poetry, but found that it was a two-way exchange: the poetry lent its voice to me, as well."
Megan Kim
2017 OR POL Champion