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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 Lisel Mueller

When I am asked   
how I began writing poems,   
I talk about the indifference of nature.   ...

By John Keats

When I have fears that I may cease to be
   Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery, ...

By Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, ...

By William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look...

By Jalal al-Din Rumi

Where did the handsome beloved go?
I wonder, where did that tall, shapely cypress tree go?
...

By D. Gilson

The night Max wore his wolf suit
made him infamous, bred the child star
never sent to bed. Middle school,...

By Frances Leviston

Of Tribulation, these are They,
Denoted by the White.
— Emily Dickinson
...

By Audre Lorde

There are so many roots to the tree of anger   
that sometimes the branches shatter   
before they bear....

By Mark Halliday

In the huddle you said “Go long—get open”
and at the snap I took off along the right sideline
and then cut across left in a long arc...

By William Carlos Williams

Sorrow is my own yard
where the new grass
flames as it has flamed...

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