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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 Stuart Dybek

The garments worn in flying dreams
were fashioned there—
overcoats that swooped like kites,...

By Marie Ponsot

I don’t know what to say to you, neighbor,
as you shovel snow from your part of our street   
neat in your Greek black. I’ve waited for   ...

By Laetitia Pilkington

I ask not wit, nor beauty do I crave,
Nor wealth, nor pompous titles wish to have;
But since, 'tis doomed through all degrees of life,...

By Eleanor Wilner

Nights, by the light of whatever would burn:
tallow, tinder and the silken rope
of wick that burns slow, slow...

By Randall Jarrell

The saris go by me from the embassies.

Cloth from the moon. Cloth from another planet.   ...

By Louise Bogan

Women have no wilderness in them,
They are provident instead,
Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts...

By Alfred Corn

Loaf after loaf, in several sizes,
and never does it not look fresh,
as though its insides weren’t moist...

By Charles Simic

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The brightly-painted horse...

By Barbara Guest

The simple contact with a wooden spoon and the word   
recovered itself, began to spread as grass, forced   
as it lay sprawling to consider the monument where   ...

By May Sarton

I thought of happiness, how it is woven
Out of the silence in the empty house each day
And how it is not sudden and it is not given...

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