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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 Constance Urdang

This old house lodges no ghosts!
Those swaggering specters who found their way
Across the Atlantic...

By Tess Gallagher

Heartbeat trembling
your kingdom
of leaves...

By Mary Barnard

After reading Ash Wednesday
she looked once at the baked beans
and fled. Luncheonless, poor girl,...

By Tony Hoagland

Play the one about the family of the ducks
where the ducks go down to the river
and one of them thinks the water will be cold ...

By Camille T. Dungy

The sky was a hot, blue sheet the summer breeze fanned
out and over the town. I could have lived forever
under that sky. Forgetting where I was,...

By Jamaal May

A lot of it lives in the trachea, you know.
But not so much that you won’t need more muscle:
the diaphragm, a fist clenching at the bottom....

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Retired ballerinas on winter afternoons   
          walking their dogs
                      in Central Park West...

By Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Ay, gaze upon her rose-wreathed hair,
And gaze upon her smile;
Seem as you drank the very air...

By Rita Dove

I acknowledge my status as a stranger:   
Inappropriate clothes, odd habits   
Out of sync with wasp and wren.   ...

By Duy Doan

The man I pulled tonight
carried a load of books.
...

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