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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 Charles Wright

Dove-twirl in the tall grass.
                                              End-of-summer glaze next door
On the gloves and split ends of the conked magnolia tree. ...

By Margaret Walker

When I was a child I knew red miners
dressed raggedly and wearing carbide lamps.
I saw them come down red hills to their camps...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

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People who have no children can be hard: ...

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight,
      When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations, ...

By William Blake

A little black thing among the snow,
Crying "weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!
"Where are thy father and mother? say?"...

By William Blake

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!"...

By Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow...

By Stuart Dybek

A man steps out of sunlight,
sunlight that streams like grace,
...

By Baron Brooke Fulke Greville

O wearisome condition of humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity;...

By Mary Avidano

My father, rather a quiet man,
told a story only the one time,
if even then—he had so little...

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Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion