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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 Phillis Wheatley

O thou bright jewel in my aim I strive
To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare
Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach. ...

By Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster. ...

By Pablo Neruda

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,   
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:   
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,   ...

By William Matthews

How easily happiness begins by   
dicing onions. A lump of sweet butter   
slithers and swirls across the floor   ...

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By Thomas Sayers Ellis

Or Oreo, or
worse. Or ordinary.
Or your choice   ...

By Roisin Kelly

I’ll choose for myself next time
who I’ll reach out and take
as mine, in the way...

By Pattiann Rogers

Stellar dust has settled.
It is green underwater now in the leaves
Of the yellow crowfoot. Its vacancies are gathered together ...

By Calvin Forbes

Put my glad rags in a cardboard box—
This old jiggerboo never grew mature.
Is everthing in its place except me? ...

By Rae Armantrout

The very flatnessof portraits
makes for nostalgia
in the connoisseur....

By John Brehm

So sexy to slide under-
neath a river,
to sit inside this...

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