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 Linda Pastan

It is more onerous
than the rites of beauty
or housework, harder than love....

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,...

By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers...

By Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
   A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air, ...

By Robert Duncan

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,   
that is not mine, but is a made place,

By Emily Brontë

Often rebuked, yet always back returning
    To those first feelings that were born with me,
And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning...

By Lucille Clifton

oh antic God
return to me
my mother in her thirties   ...

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Oh could I raise the darken’d veil,
Which hides my future life from me,
Could unborn ages slowly sail,...

By Charlotte Smith

Oh, Hope! thou soother sweet of human woes!
      How shall I lure thee to my haunts forlorn!
For me wilt thou renew the withered rose, ...

By Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
   Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see ...

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2016 UT POL Champion