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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 Peter Cole

Either the world is coming together,
or else the world is falling apart —
     here — now — along these letters,...

By W. E. B. Du Bois

I am the Smoke King
I am black!
I am swinging in the sky,...

By Martha Silano

For there is a dram.
For there is a farthing.
A bushel for your thoughts....

By Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever; ...

By Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup, ...

By John Dryden

You charm'd me not with that fair face
      Though it was all divine:
To be another's is the grace, ...

By Charles Olson


                     colored pictures
of all things to eat: dirty ...

By Charles Olson

all
wrong
            And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered   ...

By Sir Philip Sidney

Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That the dear She might take some pleasure of my pain,
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,...

By William Shakespeare

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows...

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"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