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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 Joel Dias-Porter

First hold the needle
     like a lover’s hand
Lower it slowly...

By Rae Armantrout

Where there’s smoke
there are mirrors
...

By Victor Hernández Cruz

Two guitars were left in a room all alone
They sat on different corners of the parlor
In this solitude they started talking to each other...

By William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion