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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 June Jordan

I

honey people murder mercy U.S.A.   ...

By Frank Bidart

the remnant of a vast, oceanic
bruise (wound delivered early and long ago)
...

By Meredith Holmes

At last I can be with you!
The grinding hours
since I left your side!...

By Heather McHugh

A brilliance takes up residence in flaws—
a brilliance all the unchipped faces of design
refuse. The wine collects its starlets...

By John Greenleaf Whittier

Still sits the school-house by the road,
   A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow, ...

By Ted Kooser

In musty light, in the thin brown air
of damp carpet, doll heads and rust,
beneath long rows of sharp footfalls...

By Stephen Crane

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground, ...

By Trumbull Stickney

There lies a somnolent lake
Under a noiseless sky,
Where never the mornings break...

By Kathryn Simmonds

The baby sleeps.
Sunlight plays upon my lap, through doily leaves a black lab comes,
a scotty goes, the day wears on, the baby wakes....

By Louise Erdrich

Home’s the place we head for in our sleep.   
Boxcars stumbling north in dreams
don’t wait for us. We catch them on the run.   ...

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2018 NE POL Champ