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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 Kevin Young

is music    is men
off early from work    is waiting
for the chance at the chair...

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

It is a dangerous thing
to forget the climate of your birthplace,
to choke out the voices of dead relatives...

By J. T. Ledbetter

Someone must have seen an old dog
dragging its broken body through
the wet grass;...

By Dean Young

You don't need a pony
to connect you to the unseeable
or an airplane to connect you to the sky. ...

By Wallace Stevens

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. ...

By Michael Derrick Hudson

To think I used to be so good at going to pieces
gobbling my way through the cops
...

By Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air,A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night....

By Dana Gioia

“We're going,” they said, “to the end of the world.”   
So they stopped the car where the river curled,   
And we scrambled down beneath the bridge   ...

By Wendell Berry

If you are not to become a monster,
you must care what they think.
If you care what they think,...

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King;
Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow
Through public scorn,—mud from a muddy spring; ...

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