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 Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, ...

By William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look...

By Jalal al-Din Rumi

Where did the handsome beloved go?
I wonder, where did that tall, shapely cypress tree go?
...

By Frances Leviston

Of Tribulation, these are They,
Denoted by the White.
— Emily Dickinson
...

By Audre Lorde

There are so many roots to the tree of anger   
that sometimes the branches shatter   
before they bear....

By Mark Halliday

In the huddle you said “Go long—get open”
and at the snap I took off along the right sideline
and then cut across left in a long arc...

By Deborah Paredez

When the forsaken city starts to burn,
after the men and children have fled,
stand still, silent as prey, and slowly turn...

By Octavio Paz

Water hollows stone,
wind scatters water,
stone stops the wind....

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

I caught this morning morning's minionminion favorite, darling; also, an underling or servant, king-
    dom of daylight's dauphindauphin prince; a French historical term, along with “chevalier”, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
    Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and......

By Stuart Dybek

The garments worn in flying dreams
were fashioned there—
overcoats that swooped like kites,...

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"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