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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 Constance Urdang

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Take your boulevards, your Locust Street,
Your Chestnut, Pine, your Olive,...

By Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
         That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind ...

By W. S. Merwin

In the cards and at the bend in the road
we never saw you
in the womb and in the crossfire ...

By Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,...

By Alice Cary

I am weary of the working,
   Weary of the long day’s heat;
To thy comfortable bosom, ...

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I came to you one rainless August night.
You taught me how to live without the rain.
You are thirst and thirst is all I know. ...

By Frank O'Hara

I wanted to be sure to reach you;
though my ship was on the way it got caught   
in some moorings. I am always tying up   ...

By John Dryden

Farewell, too little and too lately known,
Whom I began to think and call my own;
For sure our souls were near ally'd; and thine...

By Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

God washes clean the souls and hearts of you,
His favored ones, whose backs bend o’er the soil,
Which grudging gives to them requite for toil...

By Eve L. Ewing

yo chocolate milk for breakfast kid.
one leg of your sweatpants rolled up
scrounging at the bottom of your mama’s purse...

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