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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 Richard Lovelace

When Love with unconfinèd wings
Hovers within my Gates,
And my divine Althea brings...

By A. E. Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by, ...

By John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless ...

By Marge Piercy

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows...

By Kevin Goodan

to crave what the light does crave
to shelter, to flee
to gain desire of every splayed leaf...

By Howard Nemerov

The world is full of mostly invisible things,
And there is no way but putting the mind’s eye,
Or its nose, in a book, to find them out,...

By William Carlos Williams

The pure products of America
go crazy—
mountain folk from Kentucky ...

By Elizabeth Moody

Gay Fashion thou Goddess so pleasing,
   However imperious thy sway;
Like a mistress capricious and teasing, ...

By Marge Piercy

Learning to love differently is hard,
love with the hands wide open, love
with the doors banging on their hinges,...

By Edgar Allan Poe

Helen, thy beauty is to me
   Like those Nicéan barks of yore,
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, ...

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