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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 Tom Clark

Then it was always
for now, later
for later....

By Jamaal May

There are birds here,
so many birds here
is what I was trying to say...

By Margaret Atwood

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In view of the fading animals...

By Sir Thomas Wyatt

They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,...

By Wallace Stevens

I
Among twenty snowy mountains,   
The only moving thing   ...

By Juan Felipe Herrera

This is my last report:
I wanted to speak of existence, the ants most of all,
dressed up in their naughty flame-trousers, the exact jaws,...

By Lisa Jarnot

On this most perfect hill
with these most perfect dogs
are these most perfect people...

By Marianne Moore

Those
various sounds, consistently indistinct, like intermingled echoes
   struck from thin glasses successively at random— ...

By Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached...

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,—
     My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing,...

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"I was initially very surprised by how unique each performer can make a poem. Even if twenty different kids are reciting the same poem, they will each make it their own and interpret it the way that they want to. "
Vera Escaja-Heiss
2018 VT Champ