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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 Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil ...

By R. S. Gwynn

Her e-mail inbox always overflows.   
Her outbox doesn’t get much use at all.   
She puts on hold the umpteen-billionth call   ...

By Alice Notley

The Goddess who created this passing world
Said Let there be lightbulbs & liquefaction
Life spilled out onto the street, colors whirled ...

By Mark Doty

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh...

By Terrance Hayes

I. 1981
 
When I am so small Da’s sock covers my arm, we...

By Rebecca Hazelton

Before the war leaned in and blew out
the candles, there were many long days
where lovers called themselves lovers...

By John Donne

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? ...

By W. S. Merwin

From the kindness of my parents   
I suppose it was that I held   
that belief about suffering   ...

By Michael S. Harper


In 1915 my grandfather’s
neighbors surrounded his house ...

By Seamus Heaney

As if he had been poured
in tar, he lies
on a pillow of turf...

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