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 Patricia Smith

I was birthed restless and elsewhere
 
gut dragging and bulging with ball lightning, slush,...

By Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field....

By Al Young

Just tell me who the hell am I?
What powers did I, do I hold?
What right have I to say “my”...

By Robert Graves

Are you shaken, are you stirred
    By a whisper of love,
Spellbound to a word...

By Eleanor Ross Taylor

The fork lived with the knife
     and found it hard — for years
took nicks and scratches,...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.”...

What People are Saying

"I learned to enjoy older poems. At first, I hated the requirement that I had to choose a poem that was pre-20th century. However, as time went by, I began to enjoy the poems more and more. My favorite pre-20th century poet is now Emily Bronte. "
Eseme Segbefia
2018 NY POL Champ