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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 Scott Cairns

What I notice first within
          this rough scene fixed
in memory is the rare ...

By A. E. Stallings

The two of them stood in the middle water,
The current slipping away, quick and cold,
The sun slow at his zenith, sweating gold,...

By Ben Jonson

Rhyme, the rack of finest wits,
That expresseth but by fits
True conceit,...

By Amy Lowell

What torture lurks within a single thought
When grown too constant; and however kind,
However welcome still, the weary mind...

By A. Van Jordan

When I’m running across the city
on the crowded streets
to home, when, in a blur,...

By Margaret Fuller

We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,
Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,
And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought...

By Mark Turcotte

As a child I danced
to the heartful, savage
rhythm...

By Rita Dove

After all, there’s no need
to say anything
...

By Dorothy Wordsworth

Harmonious Powers with Nature work
On sky, earth, river, lake, and sea:
Sunshine and storm, whirlwind and breeze ...

By Dionisio D. Martínez

To the one who sets a second place at the table anyway.   

To the one at the back of the empty bus....

What People are Saying

"I learned to enjoy older poems. At first, I hated the requirement that I had to choose a poem that was pre-20th century. However, as time went by, I began to enjoy the poems more and more. My favorite pre-20th century poet is now Emily Bronte. "
Eseme Segbefia
2018 NY POL Champ