25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

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By Victor Hernández Cruz

Behold and soak like a sponge.   
I have discovered that the island of Puerto Rico   
is the ears of Saru-Saru, a poet reputed to have lived   ...

By Joshua Mehigan

On the crowded hill bordering the mill,
across the shallow stream, nearer than they seem,
they wait and will be waiting....

By Patricia Smith

Gotta love us brown girls, munching on fat, swinging blue hips,
decked out in shells and splashes, Lawdie, bringing them woo hips.
...

By Camille Rankine

Our stone wall was built by slaves and my bones, my bones
are paid for. We have two
 ...

By Natasha Trethewey

I am four in this photograph, standing   
on a wide strip of Mississippi beach,   
my hands on the flowered hips...

By Rusty Morrison

The ivy across our back fence tangles gray
into a green evening light.
...

By JoAnn Balingit

I'd search for Philippines in History class.
The index named one page, moved on to Pierce.
The Making of America marched past...

By Jacob Saenz

Today I became King
of the Court w/out a diamond-
encrusted crown thrust upon ...

By Naomi Ayala

One morning
they dig up the sidewalk and leave.
No sign of the truck,...

By John Donne

Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend ...

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