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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 D. A. Powell

I play the egg
and I play the triangle
I play the reed...

By Pattiann Rogers

Stellar dust has settled.
It is green underwater now in the leaves
Of the yellow crowfoot. Its vacancies are gathered together...

By Calvin Forbes

Put my glad rags in a cardboard box—
This old jiggerboo never grew mature.
Is everthing in its place except me?...

By Jennifer Elise Foerster

My crown.
My room.
Surrounding snow....

By Rae Armantrout

The very flatnessof portraits
makes for nostalgia
in the connoisseur....

By John Brehm

So sexy to slide under-
neath a river,
to sit inside this...

By Sara Teasdale

I

Oh chimes set high on the sunny tower   ...

By Edward Thomas

Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved;
Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof
Against the North wind; tired, yet so that rest ...

By Donald Hall

In October of the year,
he counts potatoes dug from the brown field,   
counting the seed, counting   ...

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,...

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion