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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 William Blake

The wild winds weep, 
         And the night is a-cold;
Come hither, Sleep, ...

By Howard Nemerov

Earth’s Wrath at our assaults is slow to come
But relentless when it does. It has to do
With catastrophic change, and with the limit...

By Walter Savage Landor

I loved him not; and yet, now he is gone,
         I feel I am alone.
I check’d him while he spoke; yet, could he speak, ...

By Larry Levis

So that the truant boy may go steady with the State,
So that in his spine a memory of wings
Will make his shoulders tense & bend...

By Michael S. Harper

He waltzes into the lane
’cross the free-throw line,
fakes a drive, pivots,...

By Herman Melville

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,...

By Thomas Hardy

"Had he and I but met
            By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet ...

By Thom Gunn

I wake up cold, I who
Prospered through dreams of heat   
Wake to their residue,   ...

By Emily Pauline Johnson

A thin wet sky, that yellows at the rim,
And meets with sun-lost lip the marsh’s brim.
...

By Robert Sullivan

In the warmth of night I put feet to my plan: waited
for my brothers to sleep. They’d spent the day
sharpening their hooks, repairing the great net,...

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