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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 Edmund Waller

Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows,...

By Robert Fitzgerald

Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears,   
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose amorous song she hears,   ...

By William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
   Thou art not so unkind
      As man’s ingratitude; ...

By Louise Bogan

Now that I have your face by heart, I look   
Less at its features than its darkening frame   
Where quince and melon, yellow as young flame,   ...

By John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,
    Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are, ...

By Dorothy Parker

There's a place I know where the birds swing low,
      And wayward vines go roaming,
Where the lilacs nod, and a marble god ...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.   ...

By Walt Whitman

Would you hear of an old-time sea-fight?
Would you learn who won by the light of the moon and stars?
List to the yarn, as my grandmother’s father the sailor told it to me. ...

By Nikki Giovanni

It is appropriate that I sing
The song of the feet

By David Mason

Mine, said the stone,
mine is the hour.
I crush the scissors, ...

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2016 ME POL Champion