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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 William Meredith

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand ...

By Archibald MacLeish

I speak this poem now with grave and level voice   
In praise of autumn, of the far-horn-winding fall.

By Alfred Noyes

Now, in a breath, we’ll burst those gates of gold,
   And ransack heaven before our moment fails.
Now, in a breath, before we, too, grow old, ...

By Lee Herrick

How much delight before we collapse
How much earth in the lungs
How much wine...


By Andrew Hudgins

When we first heard from blocks away
the fog truck’s blustery roar,
we dropped our toys, leapt from our meals,   ...

By Cassie Lewis

Rock quartz next to a fence with upturned faces.
On the hill, on the other side
a storm, or plausibly, you....

By Theodore Roethke

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;   
I hear my echo in the echoing wood— ...

By George Eliot

The sky is cloudy, yellowed by the smoke.
For view there are the houses opposite
Cutting the sky with one long line of wall ...

By Denise Levertov

Pale, then enkindled,
advancing, ...

By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,...

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