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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 Jenny Xie

Nowhere in those kerosene years
could she find a soft-headed match.
...

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Half of my life is gone, and I have let
   The years slip from me and have not fulfilled
   The aspiration of my youth, to build ...

By David Dominguez

My red pickup choked on burnt oil
as I drove down Highway 99.
In wind-tattered garbage bags...

By Cynthia Cruz

The child is not dead.
She is sleeping.
...

By Major Jackson

If I told you Earl, the toughest kid
on my block in North Philadelphia,
bow-legged and ominous, could beat...

By William Matthews

I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen,
and so I swung into action and wrote a poem,
...

By Edwin Arlington Robinson

Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn,
   Grew lean while he assailed the seasons;
He wept that he was ever born,...

By Toi Derricotte

In the backyard of our house on Norwood,
there were five hundred steel cages lined up,
each with a wooden box...

By James Merrill

I grow old under an intensity
Of questioning looks. Nonsense,
I try to say, I cannot teach you children ...

By Hailey Leithauser

No other song
                    or swoop (part
       quiver, part swivel and...

What People are Saying

"I learned to enjoy older poems. At first, I hated the requirement that I had to choose a poem that was pre-20th century. However, as time went by, I began to enjoy the poems more and more. My favorite pre-20th century poet is now Emily Bronte. "
Eseme Segbefia
2018 NY POL Champ