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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 E. E. Cummings

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little ...

By Stephen Dunn

In love, his grammar grew
rich with intensifiers, and adverbs fell
madly from the sky like pheasants ...

By June Jordan

I

honey people murder mercy U.S.A.   ...

By Frank Bidart

the remnant of a vast, oceanic
bruise (wound delivered early and long ago)
...

By Meredith Holmes

At last I can be with you!
The grinding hours
since I left your side!...

By Heather McHugh

A brilliance takes up residence in flaws—
a brilliance all the unchipped faces of design
refuse. The wine collects its starlets ...

By John Greenleaf Whittier

Still sits the school-house by the road,
   A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow, ...

By Ted Kooser

In musty light, in the thin brown air
of damp carpet, doll heads and rust,
beneath long rows of sharp footfalls ...

By Stephen Crane

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground, ...

By Trumbull Stickney

There lies a somnolent lake
Under a noiseless sky,
Where never the mornings break...

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