25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2018-2019 competition.

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By Thomas Carlyle

The wind blows east, the wind blows west,
And the frost falls and the rain:
A weary heart went thankful to rest, ...

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

After the fierce midsummer all ablaze
    Has burned itself to ashes, and expires
    In the intensity of its own fires, ...

By Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy...

By Carolyn M. Rodgers

on a day when
we were dark
and not so full of...

By Elinor Wylie

My bands of silk and miniver
Momently grew heavier;
The black gauze was beggarly thin;...

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Because the eye has a short shadow or
it is hard to see over heads in the crowd?
...

By Mario Meléndez

My sister woke me very early
that morning and told me
“Get up, you have to come see this...

What People are Saying

"Because poetry centers around very human themes, we are able to connect with it in an extraordinary meaningful, poignant way, regardless of when it was written. "
Hope Stratman
2018 NE POL Champ