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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 David Rivard

After his ham & cheese in the drape factory cafeteria,
having slipped by the bald shipping foreman
to ride a rattling elevator to the attic...

By Jack Underwood

I put an animal on an animal
which I put onto the animal I had already stacked
on top of my first animal and stood back...

By Ocean Vuong

yellow plastic
black sea
...

By George Starbuck

Pigfoot (with Aces Under) Passes

The heat’s on the hooker.   ...

By William E. Stafford

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:...

By Vachel Lindsay

I would be one with the dark, dark earth:—
Follow the plough with a yokel tread.
I would be part of the Indian corn,...

By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea


Fair tree! for thy delightful shade
'Tis just that some return be made;...

By Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
...

By Delmore Schwartz

Jeremiah Dickson was a true-blue American,
For he was a little boy who understood America, for he felt that he must
Think about everything; because that’s all there is to think about,   ...

By Stephen Spender

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns,...

What People are Saying

"I was surprised how attached I got to my poems. I've had "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" memorized since my sophomore year, and whenever I get nervous or anxious about something I recite it to myself. "
Sarah Calvin-Stupfel
2018 OR POL Champ