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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 Weldon Kees

Looking into my daughter’s eyes I read   
Beneath the innocence of morning flesh   
Concealed, hintings of death she does not heed....

By Kevin Craft

Among the many lives you’ll never lead,
consider that of the wolverine, for whom avalanche
is opportunity, who makes a festival...

By Mai Der Vang

From a recessed hollow
Rumble, I unearth as a creature
...

By Wendy Xu

Distrust this season breeds
in me whole
blue worlds, am second...

By Thomas Carlyle

The wind blows east, the wind blows west,
And the frost falls and the rain:
A weary heart went thankful to rest, ...

By Frank Marshall Davis

I
 Eagerly
Like a woman hurrying to her lover...

By Lorna Dee Cervantes

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I find a strange knowledge of wind,
an open door in the mountain...

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

After the fierce midsummer all ablaze
    Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
    In the intensity of its own fires, ...

By Alan R. Shapiro

Over an edge of cloud the naked angel
blasts his long horn downward and they rise,
or try to, skeletons, half-skeletons,...

By Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy...

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"I went in expecting to lend my voice to the poetry, but found that it was a two-way exchange: the poetry lent its voice to me, as well."
Megan Kim
2017 OR POL Champion