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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 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 Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in.
Sing back the moment you cherished breath.
Sing you home into yourself and back to reason....

By Rita Dove

We were dancing—it must have
been a foxtrot or a waltz,
something romantic but...

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 ...

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"Even people who don't particularly enjoy most forms of poetry can still find a poem that they enjoy AND be very good at reciting if they set their minds to it. What makes poetry so appealing is its ability to describe all sorts of different aspects of the human experience in a new and unique light. There is a poem out there for everyone. Even my dad...maybe."
Danielle Corbett
2016 NH POL Champion