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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 Stevie Smith

Nobody heard him, the dead man,   
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought   ...

By Arthur Rimbaud


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By Jean Toomer

Boll-weevil’s coming, and the winter’s cold,
Made cotton-stalks look rusty, seasons old,
And cotton, scarce as any southern snow, ...

By Kathy Engel

Ashen face, wool hat bobbing,
the young boy’s eyes dart to me,
then up at the man pulling a rolling...

By X J Kennedy

Toe after toe, a snowing flesh,
a gold of lemon, root and rind,
she sifts in sunlight down the stairs ...

By Amy Lowell

I want no horns to rouse me up to-night,   
And trumpets make too clamorous a ring   
To fit my mood, it is so weary white   ...

By Mary Cornish

I like the generosity of numbers.
The way, for example,
they are willing to count...

By William Wordsworth

Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room;
And hermits are contented with their cells;
And students with their pensive citadels; ...

By Maxine W. Kumin

From a documentary on marsupials I learn
that a pillowcase makes a fine
substitute pouch for an orphaned kangaroo. ...

By Sir Walter Ralegh

If all the world and love were young,
And truth in every Shepherd’s tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move,...

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