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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 Ann Taylor, Jane 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 Joseph Bruchac

I
Steel arches up
past the customs sheds,...

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 Barbara Crooker

It’d been a long winter, rags of snow hanging on; then, at the end
of April, an icy nor’easter, powerful as a hurricane. But now
I’ve landed on the coast of Maine, visiting a friend who lives...

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
...

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"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