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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 Therese Lloyd

When I was “in despair” (the dark days
when I actually used such terms)
I noticed the behavior of animals — ...

By Mary Morris

The war was over.
We sutured the wounded,
...

By Archibald MacLeish

And here face down beneath the sun
And here upon earth’s noonward height
To feel the always coming on...

By James Wright

Strange bird,
His song remains secret.
He worked too hard to read books....

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