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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 James Whitcomb Riley

O the days gone by! O the days gone by!
The apples in the orchard, and the pathway through the rye;
The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail ...

By Ellen Bass

For months my daughter carried
a dead monarch in a quart mason jar.
To and from school in her backpack,...

By Yusef Komunyakaa

They work fingers to bone & borrow
smudged paper, then make promises
to family, unmerciful gods, the unborn....

By P. K. Page

His clumsy body is a golden fruit
pendulous in the pear tree
...

By Seamus Heaney

All year the flax-dam festered in the heart
Of the townland; green and heavy headed
Flax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods....

By Andrew Marvell

My love is of a birth as rare
As ’tis for object strange and high;
It was begotten by Despair ...

By Samuel Daniel


When men shall find thy flower, thy glory, pass,
And thou with careful brow sitting alone...

By Amy Uyematsu

So by sixteen we move in packs
learn to strut and slide
in deliberate lowdown rhythm...

By N. Scott Momaday

I am a feather on the bright sky
I am the blue horse that runs in the plain
I am the fish that rolls, shining, in the water...

By Bruce Bond

If you are going there by foot, prepare
to get wet. You are not you anymore.
...

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2017 TN POL Champion