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 Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson
By Louis Simpson
By Billy Collins
By Jack Underwood
By William E. Stafford
By Stephen Spender
By Gwendolyn Brooks
By Naomi Shihab Nye

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion