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 Kevin Young

I hunted heaven
for him.
...

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, ...

By John McCrae


An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
    Where every beam that broke the leaden sky...

By Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies ...

By Denise Levertov

I like to find   
what's not found   
at once, but lies ...

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories,...

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . ....

By Siegfried Sassoon

You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, 
   Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why 
Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented— ...

By Yone Noguchi

Out of the deep and the dark,
A sparkling mystery, a shape,
Something perfect, ...

By Emily Dickinson

The Poets light but Lamps —
Themselves — go out —
The Wicks they stimulate...

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2015 MS POL Champion