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 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

"POL has opened my mind to many kinds of poetry. Before competing, my experience with poetry was limited to Dr. Seuss. I now find myself making literary references, having analytical conversations with my peers and mentors about poetry, and recalling poems throughout my day."
Mikayla Bates
2016 UT POL Champion