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Top 200 Poems

The following is a list by criterea of what our members consider the best poetry on the site. The ranking is based upon the overall score and number of votes cast per poem. Trolling, or voting low to knock people off the list, is tracked and is cause for member termination.

Most Creative:
  1. The Sea Odette by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 30 Votes)
  2. iron knees by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 17 Votes)
  3. Night Siren by Therese Elaine
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  4. Lost And Found by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  5. The Gift, The Curse, The Promise by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  6. Like Pages Torn from Gideon Bibles by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  7. Are You by George Hoerner
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  8. take up your bed by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  9. Multiple Choice by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  10. why I don’t write by Leslie Ann Eisenberg
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  11. Gargantuan Smile by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  12. Firmament by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  13. A Day Without Poetry or It Was Monday by Sandy M. Humphrey
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  14. Loneliness, my Arizona by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  15. Within - Without by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  16. This Room by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  17. To the Enlightenment Junkies by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  18. Without Sound, God is Empty by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  19. Amid Sirens and Cell Phones by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  20. Set Apart by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  21. Postcards to Edinburgh by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  22. Doing is Not My Grain by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  23. goldengate by Steven Kenworthy
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  24. More than Sometimes by Lori Blair
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  25. Hanging Rope by Charles E Minshall
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  26. Alice Always by Kate Demeree
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  27. Poet in the Summer Forest by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  28. Barbie Dream by Holly H Dunne
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  29. i rish by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  30. In My Own Defence I Blame My Hotel by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  31. Climatic Dream Analysis by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  32. Unraveled Strands by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  33. Eternal by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  34. Aliens, Coastlines, and All the Right Things to Say by Megan Guimbellot
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  35. A Woman's Soul - Explicit
    by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  36. soft sweet darkness by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  37. Jagged Dreams by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  38. Clearing out the Closet by Darren Swift
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  39. on a lower richter by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  40. I Tried My Utmost - 5 by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  41. The Only Human Being in the World by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  42. she lifts sunglasses by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  43. t r o m p by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  44. bleeding medium point, black by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  45. Aurora Marialis by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  46. We Have Crossed a Bridge by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  47. The Dirty Breast by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  48. Erasure by Jim Benz
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  49. Over the Rubicon by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  50. Give Me Back Myself by Rusty C Arquette
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
Best Form:
  1. why by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 22 Votes)
  2. fate is the hunter by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 19 Votes)
  3. iron knees by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 17 Votes)
  4. Past Participle (or, Breaking Up with the English Teacher) by Bruce W Niedt
    (Brilliant, 17 Votes)
  5. Oceans run deep by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  6. (insert your name here) by Charlie Morgan
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  7. Close by Leslie Ann Eisenberg
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  8. Waiting by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  9. Lima Syndrome by Therese Elaine
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  10. Multiple Choice by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  11. A Contempora - Explicit
    by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  12. Are You by George Hoerner
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  13. Gargantuan Smile by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  14. This Room by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  15. A Horse Tied to a Tree by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  16. Loneliness, my Arizona by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  17. A Day Without Poetry or It Was Monday by Sandy M. Humphrey
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  18. Thus so (Autumn) by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  19. Killing Time As A Cartographer by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  20. Within - Without by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  21. shannots by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  22. Pattern by Jane E Pearce
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  23. More than Sometimes by Lori Blair
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  24. Set Apart by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  25. Loose particles by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  26. The Far Side of Intentions by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  27. Poet in the Summer Forest by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  28. Buzzing, while you sleep - Explicit
    by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  29. I am just a platform. by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  30. i rish by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  31. Climatic Dream Analysis by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  32. Unraveled Strands by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  33. Eternal by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  34. In My Own Defence I Blame My Hotel by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  35. The Lists I Kept as a Child by Lisa Marie Brodsky
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  36. The Abundance of You by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  37. Aliens, Coastlines, and All the Right Things to Say by Megan Guimbellot
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  38. Back When I Was Stupid by Mike Loftis
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  39. Doing is Not My Grain by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  40. everyday horses by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  41. old folks count by Charlie Morgan
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  42. bleeding medium point, black by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  43. Going to the Movies with You by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  44. on a lower richter by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  45. Kissed Anew by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  46. Aurora Marialis by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  47. Fairy in White Lilies by Rula Shin
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  48. t r o m p by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  49. Clearing out the Closet by Darren Swift
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  50. So We Could Do Whatever We Want by Aaron Blair
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
 

Most Vivid Imagery:

  1. Night Siren by Therese Elaine
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  2. Isolation by Alison McKenzie
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  3. Killing Time by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  4. The Gift, The Curse, The Promise by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  5. Into The Light by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  6. Glaciers by Steven Kenworthy
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  7. Medicinal Purpose by Mike Loftis
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  8. Like Pages Torn from Gideon Bibles by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  9. No Girls Allowed by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  10. take up your bed by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  11. why I don’t write by Leslie Ann Eisenberg
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  12. A Contempora - Explicit
    by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  13. Firmament by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  14. Gargantuan Smile by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  15. Full House by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  16. Loneliness, my Arizona by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  17. To the Enlightenment Junkies by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  18. The Lists I Kept as a Child by Lisa Marie Brodsky
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  19. Unraveled Strands by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  20. Geography of Loneliness by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  21. Aliens, Coastlines, and All the Right Things to Say by Megan Guimbellot
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  22. Climatic Dream Analysis by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  23. Set Apart by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  24. Poet in the Summer Forest by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  25. Barbie Dream by Holly H Dunne
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  26. Blossoming by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  27. Doing is Not My Grain by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  28. seaskyrain by Maria Massarella
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  29. I hate this letter to you by Emily G Myers
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  30. A Christmas that almost never was by Dave Fitzgerald
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  31. In My Own Defence I Blame My Hotel by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  32. For What It's Worth by Ken Harnisch
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  33. soft sweet darkness by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  34. I Tried My Utmost - 5 by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  35. Amazing Grace by Karl Waldbauer
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  36. You Are My Patchwork Quilt by Alex Smyth
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  37. The Dirty Breast by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  38. Exhumed by Marianne Reddan
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  39. Smiley Faces by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  40. trees are alive to me by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  41. Guerillas In Our Midst by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  42. Erasure by Jim Benz
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  43. an hour on earth by Gabriel Ricard
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  44. Clearing out the Closet by Darren Swift
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  45. Fairy in White Lilies by Rula Shin
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  46. she lifts sunglasses by Mara Meade
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  47. The Trouble With Frogs by Jim Benz
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  48. TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER NEW YEARS by Charles E Minshall
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  49. old folks count by Charlie Morgan
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  50. The Only Human Being in the World by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
 

Best Overall:

  1. why by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 22 Votes)
  2. iron knees by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 17 Votes)
  3. Isolation by Alison McKenzie
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  4. Killing Time by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 16 Votes)
  5. Please continue with yourself... by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  6. for my daughter, on Mother's Day by Michele Schottelkorb
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  7. (insert your name here) by Charlie Morgan
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  8. Glaciers by Steven Kenworthy
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  9. Waiting by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  10. Into The Light by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  11. Close by Leslie Ann Eisenberg
    (Brilliant, 15 Votes)
  12. Like Pages Torn from Gideon Bibles by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  13. On Borrowed Time by Chris Sorrenti
    (Brilliant, 14 Votes)
  14. Multiple Choice by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  15. Follow Me into the Dissonance by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  16. Are You by George Hoerner
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  17. Firmament by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  18. why I don’t write by Leslie Ann Eisenberg
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  19. Gargantuan Smile by JD Clay
    (Brilliant, 13 Votes)
  20. This Room by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  21. shannots by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  22. Full House by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  23. Thus so (Autumn) by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  24. A Day Without Poetry or It Was Monday by Sandy M. Humphrey
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  25. Loneliness, my Arizona by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  26. Within - Without by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  27. Peculiar Fire by Ken Harnisch
    (Brilliant, 12 Votes)
  28. The Far Side of Intentions by V. Blake
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  29. - Folding Teeshirts - by Glenn Currier
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  30. Doing is Not My Grain by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  31. goldengate by Steven Kenworthy
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  32. i rish by Elizabeth Jill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  33. I am just a platform. by Ashok Sharda
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  34. I Mourn The Atheist Soul by Mike Loftis
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  35. Poet in the Summer Forest by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  36. Climatic Dream Analysis by Kathleen Wilson
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  37. A Christmas that almost never was by Dave Fitzgerald
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  38. Loose particles by Julie Adams
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  39. Unraveled Strands by Max Bouillet
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  40. Postcards to Edinburgh by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  41. Aliens, Coastlines, and All the Right Things to Say by Megan Guimbellot
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  42. seaskyrain by Maria Massarella
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  43. A Catchy Title Would Make You Want to Read This Poem by Bruce W Niedt
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  44. In My Own Defence I Blame My Hotel by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  45. Set Apart by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  46. For What It's Worth by Ken Harnisch
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  47. Eternal by Kristina Woodhill
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  48. More than Sometimes by Lori Blair
    (Brilliant, 11 Votes)
  49. an hour on earth by Gabriel Ricard
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
  50. Aurora Marialis by Anne Engelen
    (Brilliant, 10 Votes)
 

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