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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 Henrietta Cordelia Ray

The subtlest strain a great musician weaves,
Cannot attain in rhythmic harmony
To music in his soul. May it not be...

By Vachel Lindsay

Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all,
That which is gendered in the wilderness
From lonely prairies and God’s tenderness. ...

By William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts ...

By Lorine Niedecker

Nothing worth noting
except an Andromeda
with quadrangular shoots— ...

By Sandra McPherson

Lions don’t need your help. In the Serengeti,
For instance, one thousand like the very rich
...

By Wendy Cope

Last year we went to Lissadell.
The sun shone over Sligo Bay
And life was good and all was well. ...

By Walter de La Mare

‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,   
   Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses   ...

By Li-Young Lee

I buried my father
in the sky.
Since then, the birds ...

By Tami Haaland

She’s with Grandma in front
of Grandma’s house, backed
by a willow tree, gladiola and roses....

By Matthew Shenoda

For those of us young
healthy
we will face the mourning of our elders....

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