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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 Gwendolyn Brooks

And if sun comesHow shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him,
Shall we not fear him...

By Naomi Shihab Nye

We made it from the ground-up corn in the old back pasture.
Pinched a scent of night jasmine billowing off the fence,   
popped it right in....

By Adam Zagajewski

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine....

By Joel Dias-Porter

First hold the needle
     like a lover’s hand
Lower it slowly...

By Rae Armantrout

Where there’s smoke
there are mirrors
...

By Denise Low

I look through glass and see a young woman
of twenty, washing dishes, and the window
turns into a painting. She is myself thirty years ago....

By Victor Hernández Cruz

Two guitars were left in a room all alone
They sat on different corners of the parlor
In this solitude they started talking to each other...

By William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, ...

What People are Saying

"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