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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

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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

"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