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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 Natasha Trethewey

Here, she said, put this on your head.
She handed me a hat.
You ’bout as white as your dad,...

By Cynthia Zarin

This morning I was walking upstairs
from the kitchen, carrying your
beautiful flowers, the flowers you...

By Dolores Hayden

Focus on the shapes. Cirrus, a curl,
stratus, a layer, cumulus, a heap.
...

By Thomas Campion

Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow,
Though thou be black as night
And she made all of light, ...

By Louis Jenkins

I take the snap from the center, fake to the right, fade back...
I've got protection. I've got a receiver open downfield...
What the hell is this? This isn't a football, it's a shoe, a man's...

By Jacqueline Woodson

No one was faster
than my father on the football field.
No one could keep him...

By Jessica Greenbaum

I only have a moment so let me tell you the shortest story,
about arriving at a long loved place, the house of friends in Maine,
their lawn of wildflowers, their grandfather clock and candid...

By X J Kennedy

Ginsberg, Ginsberg, burning bright,   
Taunter of the ultra right,   
What blink of the Buddha’s eye   ...

By Robert Creeley

Yesterday I wanted to
speak of it, that sense above   
the others to me...

By J. V. Cunningham

How time reverses
The proud in heart!
I now make verses...

What People are Saying

"I learned that to channel a poem you don't need to act or be dramatic. You just need to listen to the words and tell your own story with them. "
Eleni Spiliotes
2018 NH POL Champ