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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 Carl Sandburg

He was a mystery in smoke and flags
Saying yes to the smoke, yes to the flags, ...

By Tony Hoagland

Don’t take it personal, they said;
but I did, I took it all quite personal—

By Carmen Giménez Smith

Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,

By D. H. Lawrence

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings ...

By Kevin Young

I hunted heaven
for him.

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, ...

By John McCrae

An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
    Where every beam that broke the leaden sky...

By Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies ...

By Gary Snyder

One granite ridge
A tree, would be enough
Or even a rock, a small creek, ...

By Jorge Sánchez

The rumble of the night sounds
even in the bright daylight
of morning. Life blooms amid ...

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