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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 James Brown

You yearn so much
you could be a yacht.
Your mind has already...

By Robert Bly

Inside the veins there are navies setting forth,
Tiny explosions at the waterlines,
And seagulls weaving in the wind of the salty blood....

By Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.   
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.   
I learn by going where I have to go....

By Denise Low

Walking home I feel a presence following
          and realize he is always there
...

By Stanley Moss

The piano has crawled into the quarry. Hauled   
In last night for firewood, sprawled
With frozen barrels, crates and sticks,...

By Eavan Boland

This dry night, nothing unusual   
About the clip, clop, casual
...

By Howard Nemerov

For a saving grace, we didn't see our dead,
Who rarely bothered coming home to die
But simply stayed away out there...

By Chris Abani

The telephone never rings. Still
you pick it up, smile into the static,
the breath of those you’ve loved; long dead....

By William Stanley Braithwaite

Two women on the lone wet strand
   (The wind's out with a will to roam)
The waves wage war on rocks and sand, ...

By Isabel Rogers

The parrot, Einstein of birds, who can count
and reason calmly in our tongue
while outliving us, disdains the ostrich....

What People are Saying

"I learned to enjoy older poems. At first, I hated the requirement that I had to choose a poem that was pre-20th century. However, as time went by, I began to enjoy the poems more and more. My favorite pre-20th century poet is now Emily Bronte. "
Eseme Segbefia
2018 NY POL Champ