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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 Jennifer Rahim

For the earth has spoken,
to you, her magma Creole.
...

Hap

By Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,...

By Jane Kenyon

There’s just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet...

By Lee Ann Roripaugh

I always forget the name,
delphinium,
even though it was the flower...

By Sandra M. Castillo

i.
For years,
you were a story of ancestors,...

By Nate Marshall

when i went to summer camp the white kids had a tendency
to shorten names of important institutions. make Northwestern
University into NU. international relations into IR. everybody...

By D. Gilson

Berkeley psychologists told Harold
his anger was justified. What parents
let their child go for a midnight walk...

By Rudyard Kipling

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker?...

By Lorine Niedecker

He lived—childhood summers
    thru bare feet
then years of money’s lack...

By Jay Wright

If you undo your do you would
be strange. Hair has been on my mind.
I used to lean in the doorway...

What People are Saying

"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