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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 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...

By Rudyard Kipling

Over the edge of the purple down,
   Where the single lamplight gleams,
Know ye the road to the Merciful Town...

By Charles Wright

Clear night, thumb-top of a moon, a back-lit sky.
Moon-fingers lay down their same routine
On the side deck and the threshold, the white keys and the black keys....

By Stuart Dybek

I once hit clothespins   
for the Chicago Cubs.   
I'd go out after supper   ...

By Phillis Levin

To fish from a cloud in the sky
You must find a comfortable spot,
Spend a day looking down...

By Jones Very

The morning comes, and thickening clouds prevail,
    Hanging like curtains all the horizon round,
Or overhead in heavy stillness sail;...

By Basil Bunting

A strong song tows
us, long earsick.
Blind, we follow...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion