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 Jennifer Rahim

For the earth has spoken,
to you, her magma Creole.
...

Hap

By Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,...

By Nate Marshall

when i went to summer camp the white kids had a tendency
to shorten names of important institutions. make Northwestern
University into NU. international relations into IR. everybody...

By D. Gilson

Berkeley psychologists told Harold
his anger was justified. What parents
let their child go for a midnight walk...

By Rudyard Kipling

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker?...

By Lorine Niedecker

He lived—childhood summers
    thru bare feet
then years of money’s lack...

By Stevie Smith

I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror...

By Paul Muldoon

The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself,...

By H. D.

All Greece hates   
the still eyes in the white face,   
the lustre as of olives   ...

By Joshua Mehigan

Nothing has changed. They have a welcome sign,
a hill with cows and a white house on top,
a mall and grocery store where people shop,...

What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion