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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2016-2017 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 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 ...

By P. K. Page

His clumsy body is a golden fruit
pendulous in the pear tree
...

What People are Saying

"With a $20,000 prize, I never imagined POL being this much fun. The competitions were more about meeting and talking with the other competitors, having a great time and enjoying the poetry. I also never knew I could find so much in myself just from reciting poems."
Elliot Davidson
2015 PA POL Champion