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 George Starbuck

Here is the grackle, people.
Here is the fox, folks.
The grackle sits in the bracken. The fox   ...

By Andrew Marvell

To make a final conquest of all me,
Love did compose so sweet an enemy,
In whom both beauties to my death agree, ...

By A. E. Stallings

Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat,...

By David Baker

It was midday before we noticed it was morning.
The boy cousins brought us a tray—soup and cheese,
warm soda, and a soft cloth and candy for her fever. ...

By Jane Cooper

Once you said joking slyly, If I’m killed
I’ll come to haunt your solemn bed,
I’ll stand and glower at the head ...

By Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,   ...

By W.D. Ehrhart

Each day I go into the fieldsto see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing...

By Hailey Leithauser

The heat so peaked tonight
the moon can’t cool
...

By Kate Northrop

Come, let’s go in.
The ticket-taker
has shyly grinned...

By Pablo Neruda

Matilde, years or days   
sleeping, feverish,   
here or there, ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion