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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 Todd Boss

Despite that you
wrote your name
and number...

By Claude McKay

To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed,
Scented and warm against my beating breast;

By Leigh Hunt

Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in;...

By Jean Valentine

a labyrinth,
as if at its center,
god would be there— ...

By Maurya Simon

What I want most is what I deeply fear:
loss of self; yet here I stand, a “memsahib,”
all decked out in wonder, and still a stranger ...

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2015 IL POL Champion