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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2018-2019 competition.

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By Richard Wilbur

When you come, as you soon must, to the streets of our city,   
Mad-eyed from stating the obvious,
Not proclaiming our fall but begging us...

By Robert Bridges

Love not too much. But how,
When thou hast made me such,
And dost thy gifts bestow,...

By Robert Wrigley

Because I have come to the fence at night,
the horses arrive also from their ancient stable.
They let me stroke their long faces, and I note ...

By Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill ...

By Abigail Deutsch

One night, not long after the disaster,
as our train was passing Astor,
the car door opened with a shudder...

By Robert Hass

New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!   
   I feel about average....

By Rachel Galvin

When he got to the farmhouse, he rifled through
the cabinets, drawers, and cupboards,
and his buddies did too. The place was abandoned,...

By Claude McKay

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
     And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves...

By Bob Hicok

The best job I had was moving a stone
from one side of the road to the other.
This required a permit which required...

By Emily Brontë

Ah! why, because the dazzling sun
Restored my earth to joy
Have you departed, every one,...

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