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 D. H. Lawrence

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings ...

By Kevin Young

I hunted heaven
for him.
...

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, ...

By Jacob Shores-Argüello

The bus arrives in the orchid heat,
in the place where coffee grows
like rubies in the valley’s black soil....

By John McCrae


An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
    Where every beam that broke the leaden sky...

By Rae Armantrout

Strand. String.
In this dream,
...

By Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies ...

By Denise Levertov

I like to find   
what's not found   
at once, but lies...

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories,...

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . ....

What People are Saying

"I went in expecting to lend my voice to the poetry, but found that it was a two-way exchange: the poetry lent its voice to me, as well."
Megan Kim
2017 OR POL Champion