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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 Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood ...

By Robert Browning

What is he buzzing in my ears?
"Now that I come to die,
Do I view the world as a vale of tears?"...

By Edgar Allan Poe

Lo! ’t is a gala night
   Within the lonesome latter years!   
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight ...

By Howard Nemerov

Late in November, on a single night
Not even near to freezing, the ginkgo trees
That stand along the walk drop all their leaves...

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Since all that beat about in Nature's range,
Or veer or vanish; why should'st thou remain
The only constant in a world of change, ...

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly risking absurdity
                                             and death
            whenever he performs ...

By Ravi Shankar

Honest self-scrutiny too easily mutinies,
    mutates into false memories
Which find language a receptive host,...

By Thomas Hardy

I
            In a solitude of the sea
            Deep from human vanity, ...

By Carl Sandburg

When Abraham Lincoln was shoveled into the tombs, he forgot the copperheads and the assassin ... in the dust, in the cool tombs.

And Ulysses Grant lost all thought of con men and Wall Street, cash and collateral turned ashes .........

By David Barber

Here is where
You can get nowhere
Faster than ever...

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