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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 Kenneth Patchen

In the shape of this night, in the still fall
        of snow, Father
In all that is cold and tiny, these little birds...

By George Bilgere

The last time I saw Paul Castle
it was printed in gold on the wall
above the showers in the boys’...

By Twyla Hansen

In the middle of rolling grasslands, away from lights,
a moonless night untethers its wild polka-dots,
the formations we can name competing for attention...

By Ilya Kaminsky

If I speak for the dead, I must leave
this animal of my body,
...

By Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, ...

By Franz Wright

Think of   a sheep
knitting a sweater;
think of   your life...

By Edith Wharton

I

Leaguered in fire ...

By Maya Angelou

Curtains forcing their will   
against the wind,
children sleep, ...

By Margaret Atwood

Starspangled cowboy
sauntering out of the almost-
silly West, on your face...

By Kenneth Rexroth

The summer of nineteen eighteen   
I read The Jungle and The
Research Magnificent. That fall   ...

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