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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 Nate Klug

Something blurred, warmed
in the eye’s corner, like woodsmoke
becoming tears;...

By Gertrude Stein

Why am I if I am uncertain reasons may inclose.   
Remain remain propose repose chose.   
I call carelessly that the door is open   ...

By Jane Taylor, Ann Taylor

TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high, ...

By Ambrose Bierce

How blest the land that counts among
      Her sons so many good and wise,
To execute great feats of tongue ...

By Charles Wright

Ancient of Days, old friend, no one believes you’ll come back.   
No one believes in his own life anymore.

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   ...

By John Frederick Nims

I’d have you known! It puzzles me forever   
To hear, day in, day out, the words men use,   
But never a single word about you, never.   ...

By James L. Dickey

Moth-force a small town always has,   ...

By J. Allyn Rosser

Go home. It's never what you think it is,
The kiss, the diamond, the slamdance pulse in the wrist.
Nothing is true, my dear, not even this ...

By Stephen Kuusisto

Fires, always fires after midnight,
the sun depending in the purple birches

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates
2016 LA POL Champion