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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 Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The dove-white gulls
on the wet lawn in Washington Square   
in the early morning fog...

By Sharon Olds

I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
I see my father strolling out
under the ochre sandstone arch, the   ...

By Brenda Shaughnessy

But unfortunately it can only travel into the future
at a rate of one second per second,
 ...

By Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,...

By Emily Dickinson

I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air -...

By Theodore Roethke

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;   
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:   ...

By Hayden Carruth

The northern lights.         I wouldn’t have noticed them
    if the deer hadn’t told me
    a doe         her coat of pearls         her glowing hoofs...

By Lorine Niedecker

I married

in the world’s black night...

By Thomas Hood

I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun ...

By Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

I sit and sew—a useless task it seems,
My hands grown tired, my head weighed down with dreams—
The panoply of war, the martial tred of men,...

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