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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2016-2017 competition.

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By Jaya Savige

Dense night is a needs thing.

You were lured...

By Nick Flynn

Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
that the universe is ever-expanding,   
inexorably pushing into the vacuum, galaxies ...

By Eve Merriam

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
...

By Nick Flynn

Beneath all this I’m carving a cathedral
of salt. I keep
...

By Ben Jonson

Let it not your wonder move,
Less your laughter, that I love.
Though I now write fifty years, ...

By Kay Ryan

It seems like you could, butyou can’t go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It’s all too deep for that....

By Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares,...

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward, ...

By Frank O'Hara

The white chocolate jar full of petals
swills odds and ends around in a dizzying eye   
of four o’clocks now and to come. The tiger,   ...

By W. S. Di Piero

Trying to find my roost   
one lidded, late afternoon,   
the consolation of color   ...

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