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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 Hart Crane

O Carib Isle!

The tarantula rattling at the lily’s foot ...

By Linda Pastan

It is more onerous
than the rites of beauty
or housework, harder than love....

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,...

By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers...

By Thomas McGrath

1.

God love you now, if no one else will ever,...

By Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
   A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air, ...

By Kevin Young

Praise the restless beds
Praise the beds that do not adjust
     that won't lift the head to feed...

By Kevin Young

I want to be doused
in cheese
...

By Robert Duncan

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,   
that is not mine, but is a made place,
...

By Emily Brontë

Often rebuked, yet always back returning
    To those first feelings that were born with me,
And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning...

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