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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 Liz Waldner

A moth lies open and lies
like an old bleached beech leaf,
a lean-to between window frame and sill. ...

By Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves;
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, ...

By Mary Weston Fordham

Sleep, love sleep,
The night winds sigh,
In soft lullaby. ...

By Emily Brontë

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee...

By Kay Ryan

Everything contains some   
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the ...

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright...

By H. D.

I have had enough.
I gasp for breath.
...

By Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
      The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days, ...

By A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride ...

By Patricia Smith

Hurricanes, 2005
 
 ...

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