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 David Ignatow

I stand and listen, head bowed,
to my inner complaint.
Persons passing by think ...

By Michael Ryan

What kind of delusion are you under?
The life he hid just knocked you flat.
You see the lightning but not the thunder....

By Chase Twichell

I know I promised to stop
talking about her,
but I was talking to myself. ...

By Robert Creeley

He wants to be
a brutal old man,
an aggressive old man, ...

By Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves;
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, ...

By Mary Weston Fordham

Sleep, love sleep,
The night winds sigh,
In soft lullaby. ...

By Kay Ryan

Everything contains some   
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the ...

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright...

By Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
      The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days, ...

By A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride ...

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