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 Lorine Niedecker

Nothing worth noting
except an Andromeda
with quadrangular shoots— ...

By Wendy Cope

Last year we went to Lissadell.
The sun shone over Sligo Bay
And life was good and all was well. ...

By Li-Young Lee

I buried my father
in the sky.
Since then, the birds ...

By Tami Haaland

She’s with Grandma in front
of Grandma’s house, backed
by a willow tree, gladiola and roses....

By Matthew Shenoda

For those of us young
healthy
we will face the mourning of our elders....

By Paul Muldoon

When I put my finger to the hole they've cut for a dimmer switch   
in a wall of plaster stiffened with horsehair   
it seems I've scratched a two-hundred-year-old itch   ...

By William Blake

I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. 
And mark in every face I meet ...

By Aphra Behn

Love in Fantastic Triumph sat,
Whilst Bleeding Hearts around him flowed,
For whom Fresh pains he did Create,...

By George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                              Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack ...

By John Clare

Love lives beyond
The tomb, the earth, which fades like dew—
               I love the fond, ...

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