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 Robert Bly
By Theodore Roethke
By Howard Nemerov
By Chris Abani
By William Stanley Braithwaite
By Gerald Stern
By Ha Jin
By Rhina P. Espaillat
By William E. Stafford
By John Ashbery

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"I have always loved poetry, but through Poetry Out Loud I have learned a greater respect for all different types of poetry. This competition is so much more than memorizing and reciting a poem; I became very invested in each one of my poems."
Janessa Gould
2017 WI POL Champion