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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 Patricia Smith
By Mark Strand


By Maya Angelou
By Carl Phillips
By Yusef Komunyakaa
By Robert Graves
By Eleanor Ross Taylor
By Gwendolyn Brooks
By Carl Sandburg
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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