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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 Thomas Hood

There is a silence where hath been no sound,
   There is a silence where no sound may be,
   In the cold grave—under the deep deep sea, ...

By Sara Teasdale

Since there is no escape, since at the end
My body will be utterly destroyed,
This hand I love as I have loved a friend,...

By Yvor Winters

Reptilian green the wrinkled throat,   
Green as a bough of yew the beard;   
He bent his head, and so I smote;   ...

By Robert Lowell

Nautilus Island’s hermit
heiress still lives through winter in her Spartan cottage;
her sheep still graze above the sea....

By Suji Kwock Kim

If the angle of an eye is all,   
the slant of hope, the slant of dreaming, according to each life,
what is the light of this city,...

By Karen Volkman

Sleeping sister of a farther sky,
dropped from zenith like a tender tone,
the lucid apex of a scale unknown...

By Cornelius Eady

I walk into the bakery next door   
To my apartment. They are about   
To pull some sort of toast with cheese   ...

By Dilruba Ahmed

They staunched the wound with a stone.
They drew blue venom from his blood
            until there was none....

By Louis MacNeice

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:...

By Billy Collins

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,   
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,...

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