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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 Lani O'Hanlon

That was the year we drove
into the commune in Cornwall.
“Jesus Jim,” mam said,...

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   ...

By Eric Chock

Saturday mornings, before
my weekly chores,
I used to sneak out of the house...

By Rita Dove

What did he do except lie
under a pear tree, wrapped in
a great cloak, and meditate...

By Larry Bradley

Learn from the man who spends much of his life speaking
             To the back of your head knowing what it means to follow
...

By A. E. Stallings

The barnacle is rather odd —
It’s not related to the clam
Or limpet. It’s an arthropod,...

By Richard Wilbur

The warping night air having brought the boom
Of an owl’s voice into her darkened room,
We tell the wakened child that all she heard...

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: ...

What People are Saying

"I was initially very surprised by how unique each performer can make a poem. Even if twenty different kids are reciting the same poem, they will each make it their own and interpret it the way that they want to. "
Vera Escaja-Heiss
2018 VT Champ