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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 John Crowe Ransom

Beautifully Janet slept
Till it was deeply morning. She woke then   
And thought about her dainty-feathered hen,   ...

By Mary Robinson

Pavement slipp’ry, people sneezing,
Lords in ermine, beggars freezing;
Titled gluttons dainties carving, ...

By Mary Jo Salter

The music was already turning sad,
      those fresh-faced voices singing in a round
            the lie that time could set its needle back ...

By Edmund Spenser

Joy of my life, full oft for loving you
    I bless my lot, that was so lucky placed:
    But then the more your own mishap I rue,...

By Robert Lowell

The stiff spokes of this wheel
touch the sore spots of the earth.

On the Potomac, swan-white
power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.

Otters slide and dive and slick back their hair,
raccoons clean their meat in the creek.

On the circles, green statues ride...

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