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    Poetry Out Loud Celebrates its 10th National Finals, April 28-29, 2015: Join Us Online via Live Webcast and Social Media
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  • And introducing your 2014 POL Champs...

    And introducing your 2014 POL Champs...
  • Meet 2014 National Champ Anita Norman!

    Meet 2014 National Champ Anita Norman!
Robert  Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

While serving as U.S. Poet Laureate for an unprecedented three terms from 1997 to 2000, Robert Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, which gave a voice to America’s vigorous and varied poetry audience. Pinsky has been active as a critic,

Poem about People
by Robert Pinsky

The jaunty crop-haired graying   
Women in grocery stores,   
Their clothes boyish and neat,   
New mittens or clean sneakers,

Clean hands, hips not bad still,   
Buying ice cream, steaks, soda,   
Fresh melons and soap—or the big