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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 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, ...

By John Dryden

You charm'd me not with that fair face
      Though it was all divine:
To be another's is the grace, ...

By Charles Olson

                     colored pictures
of all things to eat: dirty ...

By Charles Olson

            And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered   ...

By William Shakespeare

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows...

By William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,...

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