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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 William Wordsworth
By Henry David Thoreau
By Thom Gunn
By Rita Dove
By Michael Ryan
By Grace Paley
By David Wagoner
By Stuart Dybek

What People are Saying

"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