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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 LeConté Dill

Weave me closer
to you
with hands dyed indigo...

By Ross Gay

Friends I am here to modestly report
seeing in an orchard
in my town...

By Rhina P. Espaillat

What the scale tells you is how much the earth
has missed you, body, how it wants you back
again after you leave it to go forth...

By William E. Stafford

The well rising without sound,
the spring on a hillside,
the plowshare brimming through deep ground ...

By John Ashbery

The concept is interesting: to see, as though reflected
In streaming windowpanes, the look of others through
Their own eyes. A digest of their correct impressions of...

By Lorine Niedecker

What horror to awake at night
and in the dimness see the light.
               Time is white ...

By Aimee Nezhukumatathil

When it comes to clothes, make
an allowance for the unexpected.
Be sure the spare in the trunk...

By David Ferry

The sea bit,
As they said it would,
And the hill slid,...

By Ada Limón

All these great barns out here in the outskirts,
black creosote boards knee-deep in the bluegrass.
They look so beautifully abandoned, even in use....

By Adrienne Rich

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted...

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