25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By Archibald MacLeish

I speak this poem now with grave and level voice   
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.
...

By Alfred Noyes

Now, in a breath, we’ll burst those gates of gold,
   And ransack heaven before our moment fails.
Now, in a breath, before we, too, grow old, ...

By Lee Herrick

How much delight before we collapse
How much earth in the lungs
How much wine...

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By Andrew Hudgins

When we first heard from blocks away
the fog truck’s blustery roar,
we dropped our toys, leapt from our meals,   ...

By Cassie Lewis

Rock quartz next to a fence with upturned faces.
On the hill, on the other side
a storm, or plausibly, you....

By Theodore Roethke

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;   
I hear my echo in the echoing wood— ...

By George Eliot

The sky is cloudy, yellowed by the smoke.
For view there are the houses opposite
Cutting the sky with one long line of wall ...

By John McCrae


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,...

By E. E. Cummings

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little ...

By Frank Bidart

the remnant of a vast, oceanic
bruise (wound delivered early and long ago)
...

What People are Saying

"I learned just how much deeper your understanding of a poem is when you memorize it than when you just read it a couple of times, and how you understand it a little better every single time you recite it."
Alex Hanesworth
2015 WA POL Champion