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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 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 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,...

By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea


Fair tree! for thy delightful shade
'Tis just that some return be made;...

By Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
...

By Delmore Schwartz

Jeremiah Dickson was a true-blue American,
For he was a little boy who understood America, for he felt that he must
Think about everything; because that’s all there is to think about,   ...

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2015 WA POL Champion