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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 Gary Snyder

One granite ridge
A tree, would be enough
Or even a rock, a small creek,...

By Jorge Sánchez

The rumble of the night sounds
even in the bright daylight
of morning. Life blooms amid ...

By Adrienne Rich

A woman in the shape of a monster   
a monster in the shape of a woman   
the skies are full of them...

By Denise Levertov

I like to find   
what's not found   
at once, but lies...

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories,...

By Robert Pinsky

The jaunty crop-haired graying   
Women in grocery stores,   
Their clothes boyish and neat,   ...

By June Jordan

I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain
or happiness
like candles lighting the entire soft lace...

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . ....

By Ross Gay

Because I must not
get up to throw down in a café in the Midwest,
I hold something like a clownfaced herd...

By Tarfia Faizullah

I saw then the white-eyed man
leaning in to see if I was ready
...

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