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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 Sara Teasdale

Life has loveliness to sell,
     All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,...

By Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword: ...

By Mark Turcotte

Back when I used to be Indian
I am standing outside the
pool hall with my sister....

By Ed Roberson

i must be careful about such things as these.
the thin-grained oak.    the quiet grizzlies scared
into the hills by the constant tracks squeezing...

By Kenneth Patchen

Be music, night,
That her sleep may go
Where angels have their pale tall choirs ...

By Susan Mitchell

Tonight the bear
comes to the orchard and, balancing
on her hind legs, dances under the apple trees,...

By Hayden Carruth

Like all his people he felt at home in the forest.
The silence beneath great trees, the dimness there,
The distant high rustling of foliage, the clumps ...

By W.D. Ehrhart

What if I didn’t shoot the old lady
running away from our patrol,
or the old man in the back of the head,...

By Dana Gioia

Stand in a field long enough, and the sounds   
start up again. The crickets, the invisible   
toad who claims that change is possible,...

By Anne Bradstreet

All things within this fading world hath end,   
Adversity doth still our joyes attend;
No ties so strong, no friends so dear and sweet,   ...

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2016 USVI POL Champion