25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 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 Tracy K. Smith

You flinch. Something flickers, not fleeing your face. My
Heart hammers at the ceiling, telling my tongue
To turn it down. Too late. The something climbs, leaps, is...

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, ...

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion