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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 James L. Dickey

Here they are. The soft eyes open.   
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood....

By Stevie Smith

I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror...

By Paul Muldoon

The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself,...

By H. D.

All Greece hates   
the still eyes in the white face,   
the lustre as of olives   ...

By Joan Murray

Near Ekuvukeni,
in Natal, South Africa,
a woman carries water on her head....

By Joshua Mehigan

Nothing has changed. They have a welcome sign,
a hill with cows and a white house on top,
a mall and grocery store where people shop,...

By Victor Hernández Cruz

Behold and soak like a sponge.   
I have discovered that the island of Puerto Rico   
is the ears of Saru-Saru, a poet reputed to have lived   ...

By Michael S. Harper

Soul and race
are private dominions,   
memories and modal...

By Eleanor Wilner

To turn a stone
with its white squirming
underneath, to pry the disc...

By Joshua Mehigan

On the crowded hill bordering the mill,
across the shallow stream, nearer than they seem,
they wait and will be waiting....

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion