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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

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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,   ...

By Stephen Spender

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns,...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

And if sun comesHow shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him,
Shall we not fear him...

By Naomi Shihab Nye

We made it from the ground-up corn in the old back pasture.
Pinched a scent of night jasmine billowing off the fence,   
popped it right in. ...

By Adam Zagajewski

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine....

What People are Saying

"What really makes a poem dynamic is not the use of grand gestures. Rather, it is the tones and expressions of the voice that help listeners connect and understand the meaning of a poem."
Angelica Sterling
2017 USVI POL Champ