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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 Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, ...

By Franz Wright

Think of   a sheep
knitting a sweater;
think of   your life...

By Edith Wharton

I

Leaguered in fire ...

By Maya Angelou

Curtains forcing their will   
against the wind,
children sleep, ...

By Margaret Atwood

Starspangled cowboy
sauntering out of the almost-
silly West, on your face...

By Kenneth Rexroth

The summer of nineteen eighteen   
I read The Jungle and The
Research Magnificent. That fall   ...

By Rita Dove

What did he do except lie
under a pear tree, wrapped in
a great cloak, and meditate ...

By Larry Bradley

Learn from the man who spends much of his life speaking
             To the back of your head knowing what it means to follow
...

By A. E. Stallings

The barnacle is rather odd —
It’s not related to the clam
Or limpet. It’s an arthropod,...

By Richard Wilbur

The warping night air having brought the boom
Of an owl’s voice into her darkened room,
We tell the wakened child that all she heard...

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