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 Richard Hugo

Hardly a ghost left to talk with. The slavs moved on
or changed their names to something green. Greeks gave up   
old dishes and slid into repose. Runs of salmon thin   ...

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood...

By Yusef Komunyakaa

The river stones are listening
because we have something to say.
The trees lean closer today....

By Claude McKay

To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed,
Scented and warm against my beating breast;
...

By Leigh Hunt


Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in;...

By Jean Valentine

a labyrinth,
as if at its center,
god would be there— ...

By Maurya Simon

What I want most is what I deeply fear:
loss of self; yet here I stand, a “memsahib,”
all decked out in wonder, and still a stranger ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion