25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

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By Rhina P. Espaillat

My mother’s mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that love’s first fruit,
moved through her father’s farm, her country tongue ...

By Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire...

By D. Nurkse

We brought that newborn home from Maimonides
and showed her nine blue glittering streets.
Would she like the semis with hoods of snow? ...

By A. E. Stallings

The two of them stood in the middle water,
The current slipping away, quick and cold,
The sun slow at his zenith, sweating gold,...

By Amy Lowell

What torture lurks within a single thought
When grown too constant; and however kind,
However welcome still, the weary mind...

By Margaret Fuller

We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,
Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,
And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought...

By Rita Dove

After all, there’s no need
to say anything
...

By Dionisio D. Martínez

To the one who sets a second place at the table anyway.   

To the one at the back of the empty bus....

By Cynthia Zarin

This morning I was walking upstairs
from the kitchen, carrying your
beautiful flowers, the flowers you...

By Dolores Hayden

Focus on the shapes. Cirrus, a curl,
stratus, a layer, cumulus, a heap.
...

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