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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 Gerald Stern

I wanted to know what it was like before we
had voices and before we had bare fingers and before we
had minds to move us through our actions...

By Ha Jin

We used to like talking about grief
Our journals and letters were packed
with losses, complaints, and sorrows....

By Jill McDonough

That's why we're here, said Julio Lugo
to the Globe. Sox fans booed
poor Lugo, booed his at-bat after...

By LeConté Dill

Weave me closer
to you
with hands dyed indigo...

By Ross Gay

Friends I am here to modestly report
seeing in an orchard
in my town...

By Rhina P. Espaillat

What the scale tells you is how much the earth
has missed you, body, how it wants you back
again after you leave it to go forth...

By William E. Stafford

The well rising without sound,
the spring on a hillside,
the plowshare brimming through deep ground...

By John Ashbery

The concept is interesting: to see, as though reflected
In streaming windowpanes, the look of others through
Their own eyes. A digest of their correct impressions of...

By Lorine Niedecker

What horror to awake at night
and in the dimness see the light.
               Time is white...

By Aimee Nezhukumatathil

When it comes to clothes, make
an allowance for the unexpected.
Be sure the spare in the trunk...

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