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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 William Carlos Williams

Her body is not so white as
anemony petals nor so smooth—nor
so remote a thing. It is a field ...

By J. M. Synge

Seven dog-days we let pass
Naming Queens in Glenmacnass,
All the rare and royal names ...

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Airport bus from JFK
cruising through Queens
passing huge endless cemetery   ...

By May Swenson

Body my house
my horse my hound   
what will I do ...

By Mark Halliday

They got old, they got old and died. But first—
okay but first they composed plangent depictions
of how much they lost and how much cared about losing....

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