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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 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 Laetitia Pilkington

Lying is an occupation,
     Used by all who mean to rise;
Politicians owe their station,...

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,...

By Peter Cole

Either the world is coming together,
or else the world is falling apart —
     here — now — along these letters,...

By W. E. B. Du Bois

I am the Smoke King
I am black!
I am swinging in the sky,...

By Martha Silano

For there is a dram.
For there is a farthing.
A bushel for your thoughts....

By Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever; ...

By Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup, ...

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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