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We're gearing up for POL March madness. 49 out of 53 State Finals will be taking place this
month (congrats to Alabama, Indiana, New Mexico and Texas for successful finals in February!). Stay in the know by following all the Poetry Out Loud happenings on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Also, if you live near your state's finals venue the best way to show your support is in person. These events are free and open to the public. To find out the details of your state's contest got to your state arts agency's website or contact your state's POL coordinator. 

And if you have any Poetry Out Loud news, we want to hear from you! 

  • Post POL news and pictures to our Facebook wall
  • Use @Poetryoutloud and #poetryoutloud to tweet any POL news
  • Send  videos for us to post on Youtube or let us know about your own Youtube videos
  • Email us any POL stories, photos, and info 

Wishing all our competitors out there good luck...go poetry! 


For the Birds

February has a lot going for it: it's Black History Month, contains Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Groundhog Day and this year even has an extra day. However, did you know that February is also National Bird-Feeding Month? Yep, since 1994 this month has been a time to focus on the backyard beauty of birds. So in keeping with the spirit of this obscure observerance we present poetry on our feathered friends. 

A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

The Daring One by Edwin Markham

The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

Glass by A. R. Ammons

The Great Blue Heron by Carolyn Kizer

"Hope" is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson 

Snowy Owl Near Ocean Shores by Duane Niatum

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens

Under the Vulture-Tree by David Bottoms

The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins