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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 Carl Sandburg

Lincoln?
He was a mystery in smoke and flags
Saying yes to the smoke, yes to the flags, ...

By Joy Harjo

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on....

By Carmen Giménez Smith

Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,
...

By D. H. Lawrence

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings ...

By Kevin Young

I hunted heaven
for him.
...

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, ...

By Jacob Shores-Argüello

The bus arrives in the orchid heat,
in the place where coffee grows
like rubies in the valley’s black soil....

By John McCrae


An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
    Where every beam that broke the leaden sky...

By Rae Armantrout

Strand. String.
In this dream,
...

By Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies ...

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