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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 H. D.

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You are clear ...

By Jacqueline Woodson

My mother has a gap between
her two front teeth. So does Daddy Gunnar.
Each child in this family has the same space...

By George Moses Horton

I feel myself in need
   Of the inspiring strains of ancient lore,
My heart to lift, my empty mind to feed,...

By Agha Shahid Ali

I’ll do what I must if I’m bold in real time.   
A refugee, I’ll be paroled in real time.
...

By Sara Littlecrow-Russell

Two hundred seventy
Ghost Dancers died dreaming
That humanity would drown...

By Li-Young Lee

To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade....

By Brenda Hillman

A brenda is missing—where is she?
Summon the seeds & weeds, the desert whooshes. Phone the finch
with the crowded beak;   a little pretenda...

By Rabindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
   Where knowledge is free;
   Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days, ...

By A. R. Ammons

The song
sparrow puts all his
saying...

What People are Saying

"I was surprised how attached I got to my poems. I've had "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" memorized since my sophomore year, and whenever I get nervous or anxious about something I recite it to myself. "
Sarah Calvin-Stupfel
2018 OR POL Champ