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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 Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

An idle lingerer on the wayside's road,
  He gathers up his work and yawns away;
  A little longer, ere the tiresome load...

By Lucille Clifton

if mama
could see
she would see   ...

By Fatimah Asghar

these are my people & I find
them on the street & shadow
through any wild all wild...

By Claude McKay

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,...

By Cathy Song

To prepare the body,
aim for the translucent perfection
you find in the sliced shavings...

By John Yau

Come live with me
And we will sit
...

By William Meredith

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand...

By Elizabeth Woody

The irresistible and benevolent light
brushes through the angel-wing begonias,
the clippings of ruddy ears for the living room....

By Archibald MacLeish

I speak this poem now with grave and level voice   
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.
...

By Alfred Noyes

Now, in a breath, we’ll burst those gates of gold,
   And ransack heaven before our moment fails.
Now, in a breath, before we, too, grow old,...

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