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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 Claude McKay

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess ...

By Philip Freneau

Deep in a vale, a stranger now to arms,
Too poor to shine in courts, too proud to beg,
He, who once warred on Saratoga’s plains,...

By Grace Schulman

Hopper never painted this, but here   
on a snaky path his vision lingers:
...

By Christina Rossetti

“Oh where are you going with your love-locks flowing
   On the west wind blowing along this valley track?”
“The downhill path is easy, come with me an it please ye, ...

By May Swenson

It’s about                    Ball fits
the ball,                      mitt, but
the bat,                       not all                  ...

By George Gascoigne

“And if I did, what then?
Are you aggriev’d therefore?
The sea hath fish for every man, ...

By Eavan Boland

My mother died one summer—
the wettest in the records of the state.
Crops rotted in the west. ...

By Wallace Stevens

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness ...

By Eisder Mosquera

Angelfish perturb
the area
around pink gauze,...

By B. H. Fairchild

Elliot Ray Neiderland, home from college   
one winter, hauling a load of Herefords   
from Hogtown to Guymon with a pint of   ...

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