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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 Anne Bradstreet

Most truly honoured, and as truly dear,
If worth in me or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same...

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 Franz Wright

You are riding the bus again
burrowing into the blackness of Interstate 80,
the sole passenger...

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...

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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