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 Charles Bernstein

I ruin my hats and all the mat slides glad
I hop my girls and all is skip again
I jump I run you up inside my truck ...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

Maud went to college.
Sadie stayed at home.
Sadie scraped life...

By Emily Dickinson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers -
Untouched by Morning - 
and untouched by noon -...

By Javier Zamora

It was dusk for kilometers and bats in the lavender sky,like spiders when a fly is caught, began to appear.

And there, not the promised land, but barbwire and barbwire...

By Galway Kinnell

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,...

By Arthur Hugh Clough

Say not the struggle nought availeth,
     The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth, ...

By Tracy K. Smith

There will be no edges, but curves.
Clean lines pointing only forward.
...

By Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Give me a church
made entirely of salt.
Let the walls hiss...

By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s......

By William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;...

What People are Saying

"I was surprised how attached I got to my poems. I've had "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" memorized since my sophomore year, and whenever I get nervous or anxious about something I recite it to myself. "
Sarah Calvin-Stupfel
2018 OR POL Champ