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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 Tom Clark

Then it was always
for now, later
for later....

By Jamaal May

There are birds here,
so many birds here
is what I was trying to say...

By Margaret Atwood

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In view of the fading animals ...

By Sir Thomas Wyatt

They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,...

By Wallace Stevens

I
Among twenty snowy mountains,   
The only moving thing   ...

By Lisa Jarnot

On this most perfect hill
with these most perfect dogs
are these most perfect people...

By Marianne Moore

Those
various sounds, consistently indistinct, like intermingled echoes
   struck from thin glasses successively at random— ...

By Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached ...

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,—
     My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing,...

By Charles Lamb

There, Robert, you have kill'd that fly — ,
And should you thousand ages try
The life you've taken to supply,...

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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