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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 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...

By Robert Herrick

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today...

By Louis Simpson

A siren sang, and Europe turned away
From the high castle and the shepherd’s crook.   
Three caravels went sailing to Cathay ...

By Dennis O'Driscoll

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Tomorrow I will start to be happy....

By David Rivard

After his ham & cheese in the drape factory cafeteria,
having slipped by the bald shipping foreman
to ride a rattling elevator to the attic ...

By Ocean Vuong

yellow plastic
black sea
...

By George Starbuck

Pigfoot (with Aces Under) Passes

The heat’s on the hooker.   ...

By William E. Stafford

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon: ...

By Vachel Lindsay

I would be one with the dark, dark earth:—
Follow the plough with a yokel tread.
I would be part of the Indian corn,...

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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