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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 Calvin Forbes

The slice I ate I want it back
Those crumbs I swept up
I’d like my share again...

By Lisel Mueller

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration...

By Ricardo Pau-Llosa

As a boy he had trouble speaking,
past three before a real word preened
from his lips. And for the longest time,...

By Mai Der Vang

What is the name for an antelope
          who grazes inside a dream
...

By Kathleen Jamie

Last night, when the moon
slipped into my attic room
as an oblong of light,...

By Henry David Thoreau

The moon now rises to her absolute rule,
And the husbandman and hunter
Acknowledge her for their mistress. ...

By Noah Buchholz

That night the moon rose
in the window. Its light
touched the pane and spread...

By Karin Gottshall

Sometimes I say I’m going to meet my sister at the café—
even though I have no sister—just because it’s such
a beautiful thing to say. I’ve always thought so, ever since...

By Rodney Jones

The tortures of lumbago consumed Aunt Madge,
And Leah Vest, once resigned from schoolmarming,
Could not be convinced to leave the house,...

By Randall Mann

This may sound queer,
but in 1985 I held the delicate hands
of Dan White:...

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