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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 Derek Walcott

Then all the nations of birds lifted together
the huge net of the shadows of this earth
in multitudinous dialects, twittering tongues,...

By William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; ...

By Rita Dove

I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers,
when you came with white rabbits in your arms;
and the doves scattered upwards, flying to mothers,...

By Arthur Rimbaud

When the child's forehead, full of red torments,
Implores the white swarm of indistinct dreams,
There come near his bed two tall charming sisters...

By David Ferry

A man and a woman are sitting at a table.
It is supper time. The air is green. The walls
Are white in the green air, as rocks under water...

By David Ignatow

I stand and listen, head bowed,
to my inner complaint.
Persons passing by think ...

By Michael Ryan

What kind of delusion are you under?
The life he hid just knocked you flat.
You see the lightning but not the thunder....

By Gary Soto

Did you sneeze?
Yes, I rid myself of the imposter inside me.
...

By Chase Twichell

I know I promised to stop
talking about her,
but I was talking to myself. ...

By Robert Creeley

He wants to be
a brutal old man,
an aggressive old man,...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion