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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

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion