25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2016-2017 competition.

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By J. T. Ledbetter
By Wallace Stevens
By Michael Derrick Hudson
By Stanley Kunitz
By Dana Gioia
By Wendell Berry
By Percy Bysshe Shelley
By Suzanne Buffam
By Louis MacNeice
By Mary Lamb

What People are Saying

"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion