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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By Liz Waldner

A moth lies open and lies
like an old bleached beech leaf,
a lean-to between window frame and sill. ...

By Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves;
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, ...

By Mary Weston Fordham

Sleep, love sleep,
The night winds sigh,
In soft lullaby. ...

By Emily Brontë

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee...

By Kay Ryan

Everything contains some   
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the ...

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright...

By H. D.

I have had enough.
I gasp for breath.
...

By Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
      The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days, ...

By A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride ...

By Patricia Smith

Hurricanes, 2005
 
 ...

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"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion