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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By John Engels

The damselfly folds its wings
over its body when at rest. Captured,
it should not be killed...

By Amy Clampitt

Frame within frame, the evolving conversation   
is dancelike, as though two could play   
at improvising snowflakes’ ...

By William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping ...

By Edwin Markham

I would my soul were like the bird   
That dares the vastness undeterred.   
Look, where the bluebird on the bough   ...

By Catherine Wing

Then came the darker sooner,
came the later lower.
We were no longer a sweeter-here...

By Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate
      When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate ...

By Sasha Dugdale

Every morning since the time changed
I have woken to the dawn chorus
And even before it sounded, I dreamed of it...

By Frank O'Hara

It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine ...

By Geoffrey Brock

It hangs on its
                stem like a plum
at the edge of a...

By James Whitcomb Riley

O the days gone by! O the days gone by!
The apples in the orchard, and the pathway through the rye;
The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail ...

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