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 Dorothy Parker

There's a place I know where the birds swing low,
      And wayward vines go roaming,
Where the lilacs nod, and a marble god ...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.   ...

By Laetitia Pilkington

Lying is an occupation,
     Used by all who mean to rise;
Politicians owe their station,...

By Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever; ...

By Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup, ...

By John Dryden

You charm'd me not with that fair face
      Though it was all divine:
To be another's is the grace, ...

By Charles Olson


                     colored pictures
of all things to eat: dirty...

By Charles Olson

all
wrong
            And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered   ...

By Frances Anne Kemble

Cover me with your everlasting arms,
   Ye guardian giants of this solitude!
   From the ill-sight of men, and from the rude,...

By William Shakespeare

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows...

What People are Saying

"What really makes a poem dynamic is not the use of grand gestures. Rather, it is the tones and expressions of the voice that help listeners connect and understand the meaning of a poem."
Angelica Sterling
2017 USVI POL Champ