25 Lines and Fewer


ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the current Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

The Nail

By C. K. Williams

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes

The New Colossus

By Emma Lazarus

The New Decalogue

By Ambrose Bierce

New Folk

By Terrance Hayes

Night Nurse

By Michael Earl Craig

The Night of the Shirts

By W. S. Merwin


By Li-Young Lee
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